Thursday, December 18, 2014

Eye Openers: Ryan Madson is Game

Eye Openers for June 20 ... Ryan Madson ... White Sox ... Marlins.

Eye Openers: Ryan Madson is Game

Ryan Madson passed Chris Short for fourth place on the Phillies’ all-time games pitched list. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
Ryan Madson passed Chris Short for fourth place on the Phillies’ all-time games pitched list. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

♦ Late Saturday night, Ryan Madson passed Chris Short for fourth place on the Phillies’ all-time games pitched list. At 460, he is closing in on Tug McGraw (463). Steve Carlton (499) is second and Robin Roberts (529) first.

♦ Since 2008, the White Sox are 43-17 in interleague play, 32-10 against NL teams not named the Cubs.

♦ The Marlins are 1-18 in June. Some of their numbers for those 19 games – Runs/Game 2.95 … Opp. Runs … 5.47 … Batting Avg.: .227 … Opp. BA .262 … OBA .290 … Slg. .361 … ERA 5.47.

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