Victorino Is Clutch (Again)
The Phillies got good news last night when Cole Hamels pitched six strong innings at Great American Ball Park.
They could enjoy his efforts a little more thanks to Shane Victorino‘s game-winning homer in the eighth.
Victorino is having a heck of a season. He ranks eighth in the National League in batting (.308), eighth in on-base percentage (.381), ninth in slugging percentage (.544) and eighth in OPS (.925). He has 21 doubles, 14 triples, 15 home runs, 53 RBIs, 17 stolen bases and 79 runs scored.
He’s been especially clutch late in games, too. In close-and-late situations (seventh inning or later with the batting team ahead by one run, tied, or with the tying run on base, at bat or on deck), he is second in the league in batting (.396), sixth in on-base percentage (.448) and first in slugging percentage (.849).
An .849 slugging percentage in close-and-late situations is ridiculous, but it looks even more ridiculous when you see the guy ranked second in slugging in those situations, Jose Reyes, has a .627 slugging.
That’s a .222 differential.
No big deal.
If I had a NL MVP vote, Victorino would be my top Phillies player on the ballot. Not sure where he will finish overall, but if you’ve watched the Phillies play every day you know how valuable Victorino has been, both offensively and defensively.