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Keeping the Ball in CBP

Opponents' HRs way down at CBP

Keeping the Ball in CBP

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

It turns out the key to using Citizens Bank Park as an advantage is not hitting home runs, but preventing them.

The Phillies' pitching staff is on a pace to allow just 49 home runs at Citizens Bank Park. That would be 31 fewer than they have allowed in any of the previous seven seasons at the Bank.

Over the first four years of CBP, the Phils were outhomered at home by 33 home runs. In the three-plus seasons since, they have outclubbed the visitors by 66.

A year-by-year breakdown:

Season      Phils      Opp.      Diff.
2004 113 115 -  2
2005 94 107 -13
2006 112 121 -  9
2007 116 125 -  9
   2004-07     435 468 -33
2008 109 80 +29
2009 108 99 +  9
2010 94 89 +  5
2011 60 37 +23
   2008-11 371 305 +66
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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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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