Sunday, February 14, 2016

Pitching In At The Plate

How Phillies' pitchers are faring at the plate.

Pitching In At The Plate

(Matt Slocum/AP)
(Matt Slocum/AP)

Since Phillies pitchers managed to hit .375 in the Mets series, we thought we'd take this time to see how the team's hurlers are doing at the dish this season.

Among the highlights: Vance Worley (shown lacing an RBI single Tuesday) leads the way with a .229 average, Cliff Lee has four extra-base hits and a slugging percentage higher than Placido Polanco; and Roy Halladay has laid down 13 successful sacrifices.

Their season totals, which include three pinch-hitting appearances:

Pitcher AB R H   XBH   RBI   SH   BB SO     Avg.     OBA Slg.
Vance Worley 35 4 8 1 3 1 0 11 .229 .229 .257
Kyle Kendrick 22 1 5 0 0 4 1 8 .227 .261 .227
Cliff Lee 59 4 13 4 7 3 1 22 .220 .230 .356
Joe Blanton 10 1 2 0 2 1 0 3 .200 .200 .200
Cole Hamels 55 2 8 1 1 2 2 25 .145 .175 .182
Roy Oswalt 24 1 3 0 2 6 3 9 .125 .222 .125
Roy Halladay 58 3 6 1 0 13 2 30 .103 .133 .121
David Herndon 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000
Michael Schwimer    1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
   Totals    267    16    45 7 15 30 9    112 .169 .196    .213
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