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Pinch Utley

Chase Utley's career pinch-hitting numbers are off the charts

Pinch Utley

Chase Utley´s clutch pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning Monday night was the fifth of his career, but his first since 2005. (Alan Diaz/AP)
Chase Utley's clutch pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning Monday night was the fifth of his career, but his first since 2005. (Alan Diaz/AP)

Chase Utley's clutch pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning Monday night was the fifth of his career, but his first since 2005.

His career numbers as a PH are stupendous, although most of the damage was done in 2004, when he was platooning at second base with Placido Polanco.

 

 UTLEY'S CAREER PH TOTALS
 Batting Avg.  .333
    H-AB  16-48
 On-Base Pct.  .421
    Plate App.  57
    Walks  7 (3 IBB)
    Strikeouts  17
    HBP  1
    SF  1
 Slugging Pct.  .688
    Total Bases  33
    Doubles  2
    Triples  0
    Home Runs  5
 Runs Batted In  17
 Runs  7
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