Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Just Call Wednesday "Wins-day" for Phillies

Phillies are now 20-4 on Wednesdays this season.

Just Call Wednesday "Wins-day" for Phillies

It makes sense that the Phillies would clinch a playoff spot on a Wednesday, as they have made that day their own all season.

They are now 20-4 in the 24-hour period many people call "Hump Day," and they can thank their pitching for that.

Their batting average on Wednesday (.254) is only slightly better than the rest of the week (.252), but their pitchers are holding opponents to a .225 batting average, have allowed under three runs per game and have an ERA of 2.51.

       Wednesdays      Other Days
Record 20-4 75-47
   Percentage .833 .615
Runs/Game 4.96 4.41
   Opponents      2.96 3.30
Batting Avg. .254 .252
   Opponents .225 .243
Slugging Pct. .422 .395
   Opponents .343 .360
ERA 2.51 3.14
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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.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

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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