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Phillies' AL road blues

For some reason, Phillies pitchers have always struggled in American League parks.

Phillies' AL road blues

In their last five Interleague road games, Phillies pitchers have a 8.21 ERA and opponents are hitting .376 against them.

Monday night, they played their 131st regular season road game in an American League park. And although they all haven't been as bad as their last five, enough of them have been to put up some ugly numbers:

 (131 Gms.)  
 Last 5
 Record  57-74  0-5
 ERA  5.23  8.21
 Opp. Batting Avg.  .284  .376
 Opp. On-Base Avg.        .352  .432
Opp. Slugging Pct.   .475  .624
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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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