Friday, December 19, 2014

Rest Does Phillies Good

Phillies have won nine of their last 10 games following a day off.

Rest Does Phillies Good

The Phillies have a 10-3 record in games following an off day, and have won nine of their last 10. (Paul J. Bereswill/AP)
The Phillies have a 10-3 record in games following an off day, and have won nine of their last 10. (Paul J. Bereswill/AP)

The Major League Baseball season can become long and tedious, so the rare day off is a welcome respite. The 2011 Phillies have welcomed them better than most.

They have a 10-3 record in games following an off day, and have won nine of their last 10, outscoring opponents by 57-19 in those 10 games.

For the season, the Phils' offense is averaging a full run more per game that follow a day off (5.15), than in games that don't (4.14).

Date Opponent Result Phils' W/L Pitcher
April 1 Astros W   5-4 W: Danys Baez
April 5 Mets  L   1-7  L: Cole Hamels
April 12 at Nationals  L   4-7  L: Joe Blanton
April 17 Marlins W   3-2 W: Ryan Madson
April 29 Mets W 10-3 W: Vance Worley
May 3 Nationals W   4-1 W: Cole Hamels
May 13 at Braves W   5-4 W: Antonio Bastardo
June 3 at Pirates  L   1-2 (12)  L: Danys Baez
June 14 Marlins W   9-1 W: Cole Hamels
June 21 at Cardinals W 10-2 W: Michael Stutes
June 28 Red Sox W   5-0 W: Cliff Lee
July 8 Braves W   3-2 (10) W: Juan Perez
July 15 at Mets W   7-2 W: Vance Worley
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