Wigginton Leads the Way

The Phillies mixed in three doubles and four walks and scored eight runs in yesterday’s victory over the Mets.

Can they keep it up against Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain this week in San Francisco?

Ty Wigginton hit a game-tying sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and a three-run double in the eighth inning yesterday. Elias Sports Bureau found that Wigginton, who made his big-league debut for the Mets in 2002, is the third ex-Met to record 4 or more RBIs in a Phillies uniform in a game against the Mets. Gregg Jefferies had four in 1995, and Ricky Otero had five in the last game of the 1996 season.


I wanted to post this earlier, but found something interesting on ACTA Sports’ Stat of the Week. Players who beat their career slugging percentage by more than 200 points in Spring Training have better than a 60 percent chance at beating their career slugging percentage during the regular season.

Carlos Ruiz beat his regular-season slugging percentage by 402 points this spring.

So far so good. He has a .500 slugging percentage through nine games. His career slugging percentage is .395.


Come home early from work or set your DVRs to Phillies Clubhouse at 4:30 p.m. today on Comcast SportsNet, where Jim Salisbury and I talk about The Rotation.

Salisbury and I co-authored the book, which is now available. Check it out here! Here are our upcoming book signings:

  • April 26: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.
  • April 29: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • May 10: Tredyfrrin Public Library in Stafford, PA, 7:30 p.m.
  • June 2: Citizens Bank Park, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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Did Chooch gain a lot of weight? I think he looks bigger yet not fatty. It looks like he been working the weights!

That’s at least the second time this season Wiggington has come through with a game winning hit. It helps when players who are playing more because Ryan is not in the lineup are able to produce some game-changing RBIs.

It would be nice if Chooch can keep up the good hitting, but NOT at the expense of his pitch-calling or defense during the game.

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