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.


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It’s a shame he probabaly won’t get MVP honors nationally, but there is no question he is our MVP. no questions asked, you know?!?

those numbers are amazing considering where he’s been batting in the line up most of the time. Hope RAJ has his walllet ready when Shane’s contract is up–a must resign for this team to continue past 2012 as serrious contenders

Free info like this is an apple from the tree of kownelgde. Sinful?

In a season of up and down offense from the Phillies, Shane has been their most consistent hitter.

Post-season awards are fascinating to me. MVP awards consistently go to a player on a winning team, while Cy Young awards (The Most Valuable Pitcher) go to any pitcher having a great year.
Pitchers routinely get MVP votes, even though they have their own award. Would they get votes if the MVP was called The Honus Wagner Award? There is so much inconsistency with MVP, Cy Young and Gold Glove awards as to render them “for entertainment purposes only.”

Thanks Todd for this fantastic piece on a guy who has flown under the radar since he came up through the Padres and Dodgers organizations before Pat Gillick got him in a Rule 5 pick. He has consistantly gotten better and better and better and better. There may not be a ceiling on this Hawaiian treasure of ours :o)

Phillies haven’t lost a beat after the forced layoff. Meanwhile, the Braves go down to the Nats at home in front of 16,000 fans. There might have been more Phillies phans in Cincy.

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