Phils Striking Hot in September

Jimmy Rollins celebrates his two-run home run against the Marlins with Pete Orr. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

The Phillies pitching staff, which has been striking out opponents at a pretty good pace all year (they are second in the National League to the Brewers), has really upped the ante in September.

Through nine games this month, the Phillies' hurlers as a whole are averaging 9.40 strikeouts per nine innings.

Here is the month-by-month numbers (through Wednesday):

 Month  IP  K  K/9IP  
 April  204.2  167  7.34
 May  262.2  250  8.57
 June  250  241  8.68
 July  208  203  8.78
 August  263  239  8.18
 September        97.2     102     9.40