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Archive: September, 2011

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 54

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 3:00 AM
Greg Luzinski, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz each have as many triples for the Phillies in postseason play as Jimmy Rollins does. The all-time list: Mariano Duncan 3 Shane Victorino 2 Jayson Werth 2 Gavvy Cravath 1 Pedro Feliz 1 Granny Hamner 1 Ryan Howard 1 Jay... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 53

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 2:00 AM
In 1999, during his last season as a hitting coach before becoming the manager, Charlie Manuel's Cleveland Indians became the seventh major league team to score 1,000 runs. They remain the only team since 1950 to do so. The four-digit seven: Team Year Runs W-L Avg. ... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 52

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 1:00 AM
Here are opponents' batting average against every Phillie that pitched in 2011 (main starters in bold): Pitcher H- AB Avg. Wilson Valdez 0- 3 .000 Juan Perez 1- 16 .063 Justin DeFratus 1- 12 .083 Joe Savery 1- 8 .125 Antonio Bastardo... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 51

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 12:00 AM
If the Phillies make the World Series, let's hope their designated hitters fare better than they did in their six road interleague games (at Seattle and Toronto) this season: Date Player AB R H HR RBI BB SO June 17 Ben Francisco 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 June... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 50

Friday, September 30, 2011, 11:00 PM
Sorry to bring this up, but did you know the Phillies' largest margin of defeat came at the hands of their NLDS opponent? The Cardinals thrashed the Phils, 12-2, on June 23. Some miscellaneous team highs for the 2011 Phillies: Longest Winning Streak 9 June 29-Aug. 6 Longest Losing Streak 8 Sept... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 49

Friday, September 30, 2011, 10:00 PM
The Cardinals had a losing record record in games Chris Carpenter started this season. He is scheduled to take the hill in Game 3 against Cole Hamels Tuesday in St. Louis. Here are the Phillies' and Cardinals' records when each of their pitchers started in 2011: PHILLIES GS W-L ... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 48

Friday, September 30, 2011, 9:00 PM
No 100-win National League team has won a World Series since the 1986 Mets. The 13 triple-digit teams that have failed in the meantime: Year Team W- L Lost In Lost To (W-L) Series 2005 Cardinals 100-62 NLCS Astros (89-73) 4-2 2004 Cardinals 105-57 World... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 46

Friday, September 30, 2011, 7:00 PM
Roy Halladay has been his usual stellar self on the mound this season, with one exception — the first hitter he has faced each game. Those leadoff batters are hitting .452 (31-14) with one walk and two strikeouts. Eight of them have come around to score, including a steal of home. Throw in three... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 45

Friday, September 30, 2011, 6:00 PM
It seems simple enough, but it's always nice to see the actual numbers. So ... Over the last four postseasons, the Phillies' batting average with runners in scoring position has been 110 points higher in victories than losses. G H AB Avg. Wins 25 59 215 ... Read more

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 44

Friday, September 30, 2011, 5:00 PM
Although Roy Halladay led the National League with eight complete games, he finished behind Tampa Bay's James Shields (11) for the major league title. That means his streak of leading the major leagues in complete games came to a halt at four, one off the mark set by the Phillies' Robin Roberts. Pitchers... Read more
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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