Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tag-Teaming the Pirates

Halladay, Kendrick have gotten the offensive support against the Pirates over the last two seasons.

Tag-Teaming the Pirates

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley finished with four RBI against the Pirates on Friday night. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley finished with four RBI against the Pirates on Friday night. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Roy Halladay and Kyle Kendrick have started six of the Phillies' 10 games against the Pirates in 2010 and 2011.

The Phillies' offense has also shown up in those six matchups (7.5 runs per game/.309 average) and not so much in the other four (2.0/.201).

The breakdown:

    Halladay/Kendrick             *Others
Starts 6 4
Phils Record 4-2 0-4
Phils Runs 45 8
   Runs/Game 7.50 2.00
Pirates Runs 20 15
   Runs/Games 3.33 3.75
Phils Batting 68-220 28-139
   Average .309 .201
Pirates Batting     48-200 24-127
   Average .240 .189

*Hamels (2), Moyer (1) and Blanton (1).

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