Saturday, December 27, 2014

An April To Forget

It was a low-octane April for the Phils.

An April To Forget

(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Even with their virutal landslide of 33 runs over the past seven games, the Phillies' offensive numbers in April pale in comparison to any in April of the previous five years.

For instance, they hit just 13 home runs, less than one-third of those they hit in 2008 (41). Yet, their record (11-12) is just 1.5 games behind what it was that year (15-13), in five few games.

Here are the clubs numbers through April 30 for each of the last six seasons:

   2012  2011  2010  2009   2008  2007
 Record  11-12   18-8   12-10   11-9  15-13   11-14 
 Runs/Game  3.30  4.62  5.23  5.95  4.75  4.92
 Home Runs  13  23  21  29  41  25
 Batting Avg.  .247  .261  .261  .270  .258  .270
 On-Base Pct.  .293  .328  .339  .349  .335  .361
 Slugging Pct.    .344  .390  .417  .464  .446  .427
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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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