Thursday, December 25, 2014

Phillies' four-game sweeps

Phillies' Four-Game Sweeps

Phillies' four-game sweeps

Thursday, the Phillies completed one of the more improbable four-game series sweeps in their history, considering they staggered into Miller Park on a 3-13 slide and were set to face a Brewers team that had the best record in the National League. But — as so often we say — that is why we play the games. 

♦ This marked the 39th four-game (or longer) sweep by the Phillies since Divisional Play began in 1969. For a list of all of those SWEEPS, CLICK HERE.

♦ It was the 16th road sweep by the Phils in that time frame.

♦ It was the fourth of those 16 road sweeps that was over a team that entered the series in first place. In two of those (vs. Braves in 1995 and vs. Cubs in 1984), the Phils used the sweep to vault themselves over their opponent and into first place themselves.

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♦ Only the 1985 Dodgers were able to do what Milwaukee did this week ... That is to manage to get swept in four games at home by the Phillies and remain atop their division.


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.

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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