Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Single Digits (July 28)

Single Digits

Single Digits (July 28)

A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ...

♦ The Phillies are now 3-10 in Roberto Hernandez’ 13 starts at Citizens Bank Park this season, even though he is holding opposing hitters to a .204 batting average there.

♦ Since July 10, Ryan Howard’s slash line against lefthanded pitchers is .454 / .500 / 1.091.

♦ Howard has a higher slugging percentage this season against LHP than RHP for the first time in his career. Check out his year-by-year HERE.

♦ The Diamondbacks are 4-15 in their last 19 games at CBP.

♦ If the baseball season ended after Sunday’s games, four California-based teams (Athletics, Angels, Dodgers and Giants) would be in playoffs.

♦ Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has had more back surgeries the last 14 months (two) than the Cowboys have playoff wins over the last 18 years (one).


About this blog

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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