Friday, March 27, 2015

Validating Valdez

Statistically, the Phillies lost nothing when they needed Wilson Valdez to step into the starting lineup.

Validating Valdez

(David Maialetti/Staff file photo)
(David Maialetti/Staff file photo)

Over his two seasons in Philadelphia, Wilson Valdez started exactly half of their regular season games. And they didn't lose a thing with him in the starting lineup, judging by their record in those games.

Here are the Phillies' records the last two years with Valdez in and out of the starting lineup:


2011 48-26
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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.

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