Friday, February 5, 2016

Phillies on the hook

So far this year, the Phillies' offense has made the Marlins' pitching staff look like 1969 Orioles.

Phillies on the hook

The Marlins´ Justin Ruggiano and Marcell Ozuna high-five after scoring on a single by Nick Green in the eighth inning. (Lynne Sladky/AP)
The Marlins' Justin Ruggiano and Marcell Ozuna high-five after scoring on a single by Nick Green in the eighth inning. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

The Marlins must be very happy it was the Astros that moved to the American League and not the Phillies.

Miami is 4-4 versus the Phillies and 9-28 against the rest of baseball. And while their offense has been more run productive versus the local nine, it's the Marlins pitching that seems to have become the 1969 Orioles when the Phils are batting.

The Fish has a staff ERA of 2.15 against the Phils this season, and an ERA of 4.40 in all other games. The rest of the league's batters are hitting nearly 50 points higher against them.

Offensively, Miami has scored about one more run a game against the Phils than against other teams ... and four of their seven triples have coming against them. The overall batting average is down vs. Philly, but their slugging percentage is up.

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Here are the Marlins 2013 totals (through Monday) in games against the Phillies and against the rest of baseball:


 Batting Avg.  .208  .225  Record  4-4  9-28
 Innings  71.0  
 On-Base Pct.
 .282  .283  Hits  55  336
 21  89  Runs  20  171
 60  264  Earned Runs
 17  162
    HBP  6  12  Walks  23  125
 Slugging Pct.
 .342  .313  Strikeouts  53  268
    Totals Bases  
 89  384  Home Runs
 7  31
 6  54  ERA  2.15  4.40
 4  3  Opp. Bat. Avg.  
 .217  .268
    Home Runs
 7  16  Opp. OBA
 .287  .337
 28  94  Opp. Slg.  .360  .418
    Runs/Game  3.50  2.54  WHIP  1.10  1.39
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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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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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