Pettibone Shows Control; Offense Shoots Blanks

Jonathan PettiboneFrom Elias Sports Bureau: Jonathan Pettibone allowed two runs, no walks and struck out six in a 3-2 victory last night over the Pirates. Only two other Phillies pitchers have registered at least six strikeouts without a walk in their big-league debut: Charles Hudson on May 31, 1983 (eight strikeouts against the Dodgers) and Carlton Loewer on June 14, 1998 (eight strikeouts against the Cubs).


I’d say Pettibone earned another start.


The game never should have been so close, but the offense continues to putter along in the clutch. They were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position last night. They are hitting .250 (22-for-88) with RISP since April 10, which ranks 17th in baseball and ninth in the National League. Remove a 6-for-11 effort against the Cardinals on Friday and they’re hitting just .208 (16-for-77) with RISP. The Phillies also are hitting .133 (2-for-15) with the bases loaded this season. That ranks 25th in baseball and 14th in the National League.


Carlton lower. Wow, what a name from the past. I thought he was going to be the next big thing.

I didn’t know what to expect after a less than thrilling start at Lehigh Valley this year. Then after the first couple batters made real solid contact off him and he needed some good defense to get out of the first inning unscathed, I admit, I was worried. But after that, he really impressed me with how he hunkered down and got outs. Good MLB debut so far. He even scored his first run in the majors.

Maybe the difference is MLB defense as compared to AAA defense. Besides, pitchers who get the ball into play seem to need less pitches than the “strikeout artists”.

Being in North Carolina, I don’t get to see many of the games. What I have seen is batters pressing to make something happen causing them to swing at bad pitches. Though many on the team are playing hard, they are too cool and controlled, not showing any hint of emotion which makes it look like they don’t care or are just going through the motions. Showing emotion is good. Throwing tantrums isn’t, like throwing bats and helmuts. If the team shows a bit more emotion and relax things will come around.

You kinda contradicted yourself a little there. You said they are pressing a bit (which I agree with), then said they were cool and controlled. If you are pressing then you certainly aren’t cool and controlled. When you’re pressing you are holding the bat a little tighter, swinging at pitches out of the zone, and pulling your head off the ball trying to swing too hard. But if you are cool and controlled, like Utley normally is, you wait for a pitch you can drive and see it the whole way to the bat. I know when I am controlled at the plate I feel confident and can think clearly as to what pitch might be coming and what pitch I am waiting for, depending on the situation.

Then you’re saying they need to show more emotion. That, in my opinion, is different from person to person. Again I use Utley as an example, when did you ever see him show emotion? He is as robotic as they come, but he is more “in head” than a lot of guys. Then you got guys like Papelbon, who wears his emotions on his sleeve, and when something happens, good or bad, you know it.

I do get what you’re saying there, and there is merit to it, but just not for everybody. I did like seeing Revere get pumped up after he got the go ahead RBI the other day, and then Kratz showing his bat flip after crushing that 3 run dinger, but if it were Chase he would still have that same straight face.

I was never a hoot and holler type of player, but that isn’t to say I never fed off the emotions other people displayed. That is the difference between introverts and extroverts, I suppose.

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