Monday, August 3, 2015

The Georgia Chooch

Carlos has owned the Braves lately.

The Georgia Chooch

Carlos Ruiz went 3-for-5 with seven RBI in the Phillies´ 15-13 loss to the Braves Wednesday night. (John Bazemore/AP)
Carlos Ruiz went 3-for-5 with seven RBI in the Phillies' 15-13 loss to the Braves Wednesday night. (John Bazemore/AP)

The Phils play a day game in Atlanta Thursday after a very tough, long Wednesday night loss, so it is a good bet that Charlie Manual will rest catcher Carlos Ruiz.

Don't do it, Charlie!

All Chooch has done in his last 32 games against the Braves his hit .366 with a .462 on-base percentage and a .545 slugging percentage. Toss in 14 runs scored and 21 RBI. And, by the way, the Phils are 22-10 in those games.

There is a day game Saturday in Washington. Rest him then. Just don't rest him today and don't rest him Sunday night, when the Phils are on ESPN and a national television audience will be able to see the club's early season MVP.

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Ruiz' recent burning of Atlanta (*last 3 games of the season):

Dates      G    AB     R     H   2B   HR   RBI   BB   SO    Avg.    OBA       Slg.
2009* 3 6 0 4 2 0 2 1 1 .667 .750 1.000
2010 13 40 4 15 5 0 3 7 8 .375 .490 .500
2011 15 46 8 14 3 2 9 5 8 .304 .396 .500
2012 2 9 2 4 2 0 7 0 0 .444 .444 1.000
 Totals   32 101 14 37 12 2 21 13 17 .366 .462 .545
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