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Archive: July, 2011

Phillies As Easy as 4, 5, 6

Monday, August 1, 2011, 2:00 AM
The Pirates had to go through the Phillies' fourth, fifth and sixth hitters 10 times in games Saturday and Sunday. Nine of those 10 times, at least one of them reached base (bold) ... and seven times, a run was produced (bold CAPS). The breakdown: SATURDAY RYAN HOWARD HUNTER PENCE RAUL... Read more

The Hunter Pence Stat You Have Not Seen Yet

Sunday, July 31, 2011, 12:03 AM
Sure, Hunter Pence may be the righthanded bat the Phillies have been looking for all season, but he also brings along his right arm. Pence comes to the Phillies tied for the National League lead in outfield assists (9). He finished tied for the league lead in 2008 and led it outright in 2009, both... Read more

Tag-Teaming the Pirates

Saturday, July 30, 2011, 12:50 AM
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 ... Read more

Dis-ing Charlie Manuel

Friday, July 29, 2011, 2:00 AM
In eight complete seasons of managing in the major leagues, Charlie Manuel's teams have never won less than 85 games. His teams have finished first five times and second each of the three times they did not finish first. Yet, he has never won a Manager of the Year Award (he was a distant second twice)... Read more

Ryan Howard's Hands-On Report

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 1:19 AM
On June 14, after having handled the first 642 chances of the season flawlessly, Ryan Howard committed his first error of 2011. Since then, he has committed six errors in 36 games (covering 336 chances), including one Wednesday night. Despite the recent glovial dropoff, his fielding average (.994)... Read more

You Can't Spell Vance without A, C and E

Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 12:00 PM
Here's how the Phillies' pitchers have fared in starts since June 15: Pitcher GS Team W-L ERA IP H ER R HR BB SO Vance Worley 7 7-0 7-0 1.14 47.1 24 6 6 2 17 34 Roy Halladay 7 6-1 3-1 2.88 50.0 47 17 16 3 5 41 Cliff Lee 7 4-3 3-2 2.41 52.1 41 15 14 5 8 41 Cole... Read more

Chase-ing Kitty, Beals and Possum

Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 12:02 AM
You don't have to have a cool name to hit an inside-the-park home run for the Phillies, but it doesn't hurt. Chase Utley recorded the third IPHR of his career Tuesday. That ties him for 15th place on the Phillies' all-time list. The 14 ahead of him: Player IPHR Sherry Magee 17 John Titus 9 Red... Read more

The Striking Chase Utley

Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 1:43 AM
Chase Utley did something both Sunday and Monday he hasn't done a lot of this year — strike out. He has whiffed in less than 10 percent of his plate appearances, which would be a career low for him. Over the last two seasons, he has cut his strikeout percentage nearly in half: Season ... Read more

Phillies Three For All

Monday, July 25, 2011, 2:58 AM
Three quick things to digest as the Phils ready for their third consecutive day game: ♦ The last four fair balls that Ryan Howard has hit have all gone to left or left-center field. ♦ Opponents are batting 100 points higher in the first four innings against Roy Halladay this season (... Read more

Phils' Consecutive Wins vs. One Team

Saturday, July 23, 2011, 11:19 PM
The Phillies' ninth consecutive victory against the Padres Saturday sent us directly to the head-to-head results section of baseball-reference to find the most consecutive regular season wins the Phils have against one opponent. A win Sunday would mark the teams' 11th such streak of 10 or more victories... Read more
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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.

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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