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The Complete Chooch Breakdown

How Carlos Ruiz' hitting breaks down at the midway point.

The Complete Chooch Breakdown

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was named to the All-Star Game for the first time ever Sunday. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was named to the All-Star Game for the first time ever Sunday. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

It’s not every season that a Phillie is leading the major leagues in hitting this late in the season.

In fact, the last Phillie to lead this late was John Kruk, who was hitting .343 through Aug. 10, 1992, to stand atop baseball.

But atop baseball is exactly where All-Star Carlos Ruiz finds himself, with a .356 average at the Phillies’ midway point.

So, we thought we’d take a look at how his 2012 batting average looks in certain situations ... always an easy enough task, thanks to baseball-reference.com.

See the complete breakdown below, but here are some of our favorites:

♦ Ruiz is battng .500 (55-110) in Phillies wins. The club is 27-21 when he gets a hit, 5-19 when he plays and doesn’t get a hit.
♦ He tore up May (.418) but cooled in June (.337).
♦ He’s bashing bullpens, hitting .423 against relievers, just .309 against starting pitchers.
♦ With a runner on third, he’s at .407 (11-27).
♦ Don’t miss his at-bats in the 20 games the Phils have left against the NL Central. He is hitting .526 against that division so far.

     H-  AB  Avg.                              H-  AB    Avg.
Wins  55-110  .500  Innings 1-3  31-  76  .408 
Losses  28-123  .228  Innings 4-6  20-  72  .278
     Innings 7-9  31-  81  .383 
Home  39-118  .331  Innings 10+    1-    4  .250
Road  44-115  .383  
   1st PA vs. Starter  20-  55  .364
vs. RHP  60-170  .353  2nd PA vs. Starter  16-  45  .356
vs. LHP  23-  63  .365  3rd PA vs. Starter    6-  36  .167
   1st PA vs. Reliever  39-  93  .419
vs. Starters  42-136  .309  2nd PA vs. Reliever         2-    4  .500
vs. Relievers  41-  97  .423  
   0 Outs  23-  81  .284
Day  18-  62  .290  1 Out  28-  65  .431
Night  65-171  .380  2 Outs  32-  87  .368
   
April  20-  64  .313  Winning  46-  96  .479
May  33-  79  .418  Tied  17-  53  .321
June  29-  86  .337  Behind  20-  84  .238
July    1-    4  .250  
   vs. NL East  23-  76  .303
Leading Off Inn.       15-  54  .278  vs. NL Central  30-  57  .526
Bases Empty  44-126  .349  vs. NL West  16-  58  .276
Runner(s) On  39-107  .364  vs. AL  14-  42  .333
RISP  22-  65  .338  
Runner on 3rd  11-  27  .407  vs. Braves    4-    9  .444
Bases Loaded    4-  10  .400  vs. Marlins    8-  30  .267
   vs. Mets    5-  17  .294
 vs. Nationals    6-  20  .333
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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