Sunday, March 1, 2015

Easing to the Finish Line

The production of the Phils' offense may have let up, but the pitching has kept pace.

Easing to the Finish Line

Chase Utley and the Phillies have lost five of their last six. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer
Chase Utley and the Phillies have lost five of their last six. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer

Even before their post NL East-clinching slump (six runs in four games since Sept. 18, all losses), the Phillies' offense was off the pace set by the club in July and August, when they averaged over five runs a game.

Thankfully, the pitching was keeping up their end of the deal, holding teams under three runs per game.

Phils' record, runs scored and runs allowed by month, through the clincher:

Month W-  L    Runs/Game    Opponents
April 18-  8 4.62 3.38
May 16-13 3.69 3.59
June      17-10 3.78 2.63
July 17-  8 5.52 3.76
August 18-  7 5.28 2.88
Sept. 1-17     12-  6 4.11 2.94
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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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