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Just a few things before I catch the red eye to Philly at LAX:
– The Phillies went 9-1 on their road trip through Colorado, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is their best 10-game road trip in franchise history. The Phillies went 7-0 against the Pirates and Mets on July 11-15, 1968, and 6-0 against the Boston Braves and New York Giants on April 14-21, 1915, for the best road trips in franchise history based on winning percentage.
– The Phillies enjoyed their biggest comeback victory of the season, and biggest since Aug. 12, 2010, when they overcame a 9-2 deficit to beat the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park.
– The Phillies have scored 186 runs since the end of June, which leads the National League. They are averaging 5.31 runs per game in that stretch, which are 0.43 runs per game more than the St. Louis Cardinals, who rank second in the league.
– The Phillies are 22-11 in one-run games.
– It was the Phillies’ first sweep against the Dodgers since Aug. 22-25, 2008, at Citizens Bank Park.
– It was the Phillies’ first sweep in LA since June 9-11, 1995.
– Sadly, I missed out on In-N-Out this trip. Next time, I promise.
A few things to ponder following last night’s 12-11 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field:
- The Phillies are 28-12 (.700) since a July 21 loss to the Cardinals. That’s the best record in baseball.
- The Braves are 23-17 (.575), which is the eighth-best record in baseball. That’s why the Phillies have made up only five games in the National League East standings. If anything, we’ve learned the Braves are not the 2010 version of the ’07 and ’08 Mets. The Phillies will need to keep playing well to catch Atlanta.
- Chase Utley and Ryan Howard seem to be emerging from their slumps. Utley has hit .538 (7 for 13) with three doubles, one home run, eight RBIs and one stolen base in the last three games. Howard has hit .250 (3 for 12) with a double, two home runs, five RBIs, two walks and three strikeouts in the last three games.
- The Phillies went 6-1 (.857) on their seven-game road trip through San Diego, Los Angeles and Colorado. According to the Phillies’ media guide it ties for the fourth-best road trip in franchise history. They had a 7-0 trip against the Pirates and Mets in 1968, a 6-0 trip against the Boston Braves and Giants in 1915 and a 7-1 trip against the Expos, Cardinals and Cubs in 1983.
- The Phillies have a 3.01 ERA since July 21, which is tied with the Astros for the best ERA in baseball.
- The offense has averaged 4.86 runs per game, which ranks 10th in baseball and sixth in the National League.
The Phillies left for California yesterday a season-high eight games over .500.
This 10-game road trip through San Diego, Los Angeles and New York … wait a second, didn’t the Phillies just finish one of those? Yeah, they did. I can’t remember the last time two 10-game road trips were so close together. That’s craaazy. … is going to be a great test for the Phillies.
Can Joe Blanton build upon last week’s start against Florida, when he threw seven shutout innings? Can Antonio Bastardo — the man who is taking Brett Myers‘ spot in the rotation — outpitch Jake Peavy on Tuesday — the man Phillies fans would love to see pitching in Myers’ spot? Can the Phillies manage at least a split in four games in LA, where the Dodgers are the best team in baseball? And can they play a little better against the Mets, who are 3-1 against them this season?
A couple stats to get your Monday morning going:
- Baseball Prospectus gives the Phillies a 37 percent chance to make the postseason. BP likes the Mets better, however. They give the Mets a 71.1 percent chance.
- Jayson Werth leads the Majors, averaging 4.52 pitches per plate appearance. Boston’s Kevin Youkilis is second with 4.44. Chase Utley is tied for 35th with 4.06. Ryan Howard is tied for 45th with 4.03. Shane Victorino sees the 15th fewest pitches in the Majors with 3.41 pitches per plate appearance.
- Utley swings at only 7 percent of first pitches in his at-bats. That’s the third-lowest mark in baseball. Only Joe Mauer (3 percent) and J.J. Hardy (3.9 percent) swing at fewer first pitches. Werth is the 12th lowest at 12.1 percent. Raul Ibanez (24th at 15 percent), Jimmy Rollins (47th at 18.4 percent) and Victorino (tied for 57th at 19.9 percent) also are in the lowest 100. Ryan Howard is the 24th highest at 35.8 percent.
- Utley leads the Majors with 11 hit by pitches. He leads the Majors with 88 hit by pitches from 2004 through 2009. Former Phillies centerfielder Aaron Rowand is second with 85.
Petco Park and Dodger Stadium are two of my favorite ballparks in baseball. Petco is just a notch below Citizens Bank Park. I’d put Dodger Stadium on par with the Bank, I think. I wasn’t impressed with Dodger Stadium the first time I walked in it, but it really grew on me. But maybe I like it because there’s a solid chance I’ll see fellow MLBlogger Alyssa Milano there. We go way back. And when I say we go way back, I mean I used to watch Who’s the Boss?
The Phillies went 8-2 on their just completed trip through Washington, Cincinnati and New York. That’s their first 8-2 trip since Sept. 2007, when they handled the Mets, Cardinals and Nationals on their way to winning the National League East for the first time since 1993.
Some interesting numbers/things/events during the trip:
- They kicked things off at the White House on May 15.
- Brad Lidge had three saves and three blown saves.
- Rookies Sergio Escalona and Andrew Carpenter picked up wins in Washington.
- Rookie John Mayberry got his first big-league hit, a three-run home run at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.
- Chan Ho Park got bumped to the bullpen. J.A. Happ took his place and allowed two runs in six innings Saturday against the Yankees.
- The Phillies were tied for second in the majors with the Twins with 65 runs scored in that span (May 15-24). Only the Blue Jays (74) scored more.
- They hit .288 with 18 home runs, 62 RBIs, a .363 on-base percentage and a .510 slugging percentage. They stole 12 bases and got caught just twice.
- They had a 4.63 ERA, which ranked 24th in baseball.
- Raul Ibanez scored 11 runs, which tied for second in baseball in that span. Jimmy Rollins scored 10, which tied for fifth.
- Ibanez led the majors with seven homers and 17 RBIs.
Phillies starters have a 6.03 ERA, which is the worst mark in baseball. Lidge has a 9.15 ERA, which is the second-worst ERA in baseball for a relief pitcher. Only Cincinnati’s Mike Lincoln (9.19 ERA) is higher.
But yet the Phillies are six games over .500 to the lead the NL East and have the fourth-best record in the National League. Explain that one.
OK. They’re averaging 5.69 runs per game, which is the second-best mark in baseball. Only the Rays (5.72 runs per game) have been better. They also have committed just 13 errors, which is the fewest in baseball. That’s four fewer than any other team in baseball and 22 fewer errors than the Mets. The Phillies are hitting and playing great defense. If you’re a Phillies fan, you have to like your chances if the rotation can pitch more consistently (they looked good this weekend against the Yankees) and Lidge figures out a few things.