Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Phillies Out of the Pan, Into the Fire

Phils have struggled against NL East.

Phillies Out of the Pan, Into the Fire

(Patrick Semansky/AP)
(Patrick Semansky/AP)

The Phillies have to feel good getting out of Atlanta, after being swept by the Braves. But it would have been better had they not had to meander into another intradivision city right away.

So far this season, the Phillies are 11-25 against the NL East, but two games over .500 (34-32) when they play out of division.

They are being outscored by a run a game when they face their NL East foes, but most of their numbers are virtually even when they venture out of the division.

The breakdown:

       DIVISION GAMES        NON-DIVISION GAMES 
      Phillies       Opp.  Phillies    Opp. 
 Wins 11  25  34  32 
 Batting Avg. .261  .269  .255  .255 
 On-Base Pct.      .301  .325  .320  .309 
 Slugging Pct. .394  .447  .403  .414 
 Runs/Game 3.83  4.81  4.39    4.42 
 HR/AB .025  .039  .030  .031 
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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Bob Vetrone Jr.
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