Results tagged ‘ Elias Sports Bureau ’

Magic Number: 2

So here’s the deal:

The Phillies can clinch the NL East championship tonight, if they beat the Cardinals and the Mets beat the Braves.

I say, why wait?

Elias Sports Bureau passed along some pretty good stats and such from yesterday’s doubleheader:

  • Cliff Lee has allowed only four earned runs in 64 2/3 innings in his last eight starts. His 0.56 ERA during that stretch is the lowest ERA by a pitcher over any eight-start span in one season in Phillies history and the lowest by a pitcher on any team since 2002, when Pedro Martinez had a 0.47 ERA for the Red Sox over eight starts from July 1-Aug. 10.
  • Ryan Howard ended a 0-for-16 slump with a walk-off double in the 10th inning in Game 2. Howard’s 0-for-16 was the second-longest slump of his career. He went hitless in 23 consecutive at-bats May 14-20.
  • Kyle Kendrick allowed only one run and two hits while striking six batters and issuing no walks in five innings to pick up the win in Game 1. Kendrick has five wins as a starting pitcher this season (one in May, June, July, August and September) and in those five wins he’s given up only three runs and 19 hits in 32 innings, with no more than one run allowed in any one of those wins.

Cliff, we felt your pain last night when you served up that solo homer to Jose Lopez with two strikes, two outs and nobody on the top of the ninth inning in Game 2. We especially felt it in in the pressbox, where the writers had some pretty sweet game stories almost finished. But we’re not mad at you. You’ve kept game times under 3 hours for most of the season, and we’re deeply grateful for that.

As an aside, there was a pretty incredible rainbow that popped up behind the ballpark in between games of the doubleheader. This is a great photo above, but it doesn’t really do it justice. There actually was a bit of a double rainbow for a few minutes, which had me wondering how Double Rainbow Guy is doing.

*

Check out my Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter.

Losing Ugly

The magic numbers:

  • 1- to clinch the Wild Card.
  • 5 – to clinch the National League East.
  • 7 – to clinch home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

Are you pretty confident the Phillies are going to win the division? Do you have tickets to a game this week at Citizens Bank Park? Can you be a little selfish at times? (Come on, admit it.) Yes? Well, then you might not have totally minded Monday’s loss — as sloppy as it was. Because it guaranteed the Phillies cannot clinch the division this week in Houston, which means they should clinch at home during their eight-day, 10-game homestand.

*

Roy Oswalt didn’t have a good night, although his defense failed him at times. With just a few starts remaining before the postseason, Oswalt remains the fourth starter in my mind. It’s either Oswalt or Vance Worley, and I have to stick with Oswalt. Worley deserves a chance to pitch, but you only need four starters and Oswalt cannot be much of a reliever while Worley has shown he can pitch effectively out of the bullpen. Plus, he’s Roy Oswalt. I’ve got to think when the postseason comes Oswalt will elevate his play.

*

Oswalt allowed five runs on 11 hits as a first-time opponent in Houston. He allowed at least five runs and 10 hits in only three of 149 starts at the ballpark when he pitched for the Astros, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

*

Check out my Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter. Pick up a copy of my book.

The Vanimal Is Winning

The Phillies won their 13th consecutive Vance Worley start yesterday in a 6-4 victory over the Reds. I wrote yesterday the last rookie pitcher to have his team win 13 consecutive starts was Tom Filer, who pitched for the Cubs and Blue Jays from June 1982 to Aug. 1985.

(Filer spent the 1983-84 seasons in the Minors, maintaining his rookie eligibility in 1985.)

Of course, that didn’t feel like a legit stat. So Elias Sports Bureau found today the last rookie pitcher to have his team win 13 consecutive starts in one season:

Cincinnati’s Wayne Simpson in 1970, when the Reds won 14 consecutive of his starts.

*

Check out my Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter. Pick up a copy of my book.

Howard’s First 1,000

From Elias Sports Bureau: Ryan Howard played the 1000th game of his career yesterday. His 279 home runs are the most in MLB history through 1,000 games. Ralph Kiner held the old record at 277. On the flip side: Howard’s 1,179 strikeouts are second only to Rob Deer‘s 1,206.

*

Check out my Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter. Pick up a copy of my book.

Your Hunter Pence Fix

In case you haven’t gotten your Hunter Pence fix yet, here’s a story I wrote based on a conversation I had with Pence on Wednesday in LA.

*

A note from Elias Sports Bureau:

  • Vance Worley allowed six runs in four innings Wednesday, but the Phillies still beat the Dodgers, 9-8. It is the 10th consecutive game the Phillies have won that Worley has started. The Mets’ Dillon Gee accomplished the same feat earlier this season. Before this season that had not happened since 1996, when the Astros won 10 straight starts made by rookie Donne Wall.

*

Check out my Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter. Pick up a copy of my book.

Just Another Day for Martinez

From Elias Sports Bureau: Michael Martinez broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run, ninth-inning double last night. Martinez has hits in each of his last four at-bats in Late Inning Pressure Situations (all this month) and his 11 RBIs in July ties him with Wilson Ramos for second-most among rookies. Only Freddie Freeman (16) has more.

Some other notes:

  • Martinez has hit .298 (11-for-37) with one double, one triple, one home run and 11 RBIs in 10 games this month, earning more playing time with third baseman Placido Polanco on the disabled list with lower back inflammation.
  • Only Raul Ibanez (14) and John Mayberry Jr. (12) have more RBIs for the Phillies this month than Martinez.
  • Jason Grilli has signed with the Pirates, announcing the move on Twitter. He had an out-clause in his contract, allowing him to sign with another team if another team offered him a big-league deal. The Phillies believed they had better options than him, so released him.

*

Check out my Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter. Pick up a copy of my book.

The Windy (Hot) City

A few thoughts before this week’s series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field:

  • Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee did not pitch this weekend in New York, but the Phillies won 2 of 3. And the one game they lost Cole Hamels pitched. I agreed with Rich Dubee‘s decision to push back Halladay and Lee. Give them a little extra rest whenever possible. An extra day. An extra inning. Anything will help them feel a little fresher in October.
  • From Elias Sports Bureau: Antonio Bastardo recorded the final four outs of the Phillies’ victory yesterday to notch his sixth save, but allowed one run and two hits in the process. That’s noteworthy because Bastardo entered the game having held opponents hitless in their last 37 at-bats. He extended that streak to 39 at-bats before surrendering a double to Daniel Murphy with one out in the ninth inning to snap the second-longest hitless streak against any pitcher this season. Justin Verlander held batters hitless in 46 consecutive at-bats over a three-game span (May 2-13) that sandwiched his May 7 no-hitter.
  • Hearing the heat index in Chicago is going to be brutal this week. Awesome!

*

Check out my Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter. Pick up a copy of my book.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 297 other followers