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Cliff's Month-Lee Report

Thursday, September 1, 2011, 2:15 AM
Since the beginning of the 2008 season, Cliff Lee has had seven different months in which he started at least four times and had an ERA of 2.00 or less: Month W-L ERA GS IP H ER HR BB SO Avg. June 2011 5-0 0.21 5 42.0 21 1 0 8 29 .173 August 2011 5-0 0.45 5 39... Read more

Triple Digits Again for Ryan Howard

Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 2:00 AM
Tuesday, Ryan Howard became the first Phillie to reach 100 RBI in six consecutive seasons, breaking a tie with Sam Thompson and Chuck Klein. Noteworthy: The major-league record is 13 shared by Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Alex Rodriguez, whose streak will end this year ... The NL record (10) is held... Read more

Shane Victorino and The Four-Ply Swat

Tuesday, August 30, 2011, 2:00 AM
With his game-winning home run Monday night, Shane Victorino has now hit more home runs for the Phillies since the beginning of the 2010 season than anyone but Ryan Howard. Those with 10 or more: Ryan Howard 58 Shane Victorino 33 Raul Ibanez 32 Jayson Werth 27 Chase Utley 25 Jimmy... Read more

The Right Team for Hamels' Return

Monday, August 29, 2011, 12:14 AM
If you subscribe to the theory that Cole Hamels' start Monday could be the most important of his season (as he is coming back from shoulder soreness), then they couldn't have put him on the mound in front of a better team. He has, quite simply, owned the Reds in his career. Including the 2010 playoffs... Read more

Roy Oswalt's Late-Season Heroics

Saturday, August 27, 2011, 12:33 AM
For just the third time in his 11-year career, Roy Oswalt has lost more than one game in the same month after July 31. His year-by-year records in August and September/October. Season August Sept./Oct. 2001 4-0 2-1 2002 6-0 2-3 2003 0-0 4-0 2004 5-1 5-1 2005 1-3 5-1 2006 2-1 5-0 2007 4-0 0-1 2008 4-1 5-1 2009 2-1 0-1 2010 3-0 4-0 2011 2-2 — Totals 33-9 32-9 ... Read more

Pitching In At The Plate

Friday, August 26, 2011, 12:50 AM
Since Phillies pitchers managed to hit .375 in the Mets series, we thought we'd take this time to see how the team's hurlers are doing at the dish this season. Among the highlights: Vance Worley (shown lacing an RBI single Tuesday) leads the way with a .229 average, Cliff Lee has four extra-base hits... Read more

Not Too Short So Far

Thursday, August 25, 2011, 2:19 AM
Although there is still a ways to go before Jimmy Rollins' return, Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez are filling in nicely at the plate so far in his sted. Rollins' replacements have a hit in seven of the nine games he has not started this season and are batting .290. The Phils are 6-3 in those contests... Read more

The Mighty Shane

Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 3:10 AM
Only two other qualifying Phillies 5-foot-9 or under have ever come close to producing the slugging percentage (.551) that Shane Victorino has posted so far this season. (And special thanks to the play index at baseball-reference.com, which allows users to use height as a variable in a search. Is... Read more

Phillies Will Finish on the Plus Side

Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 2:00 AM
By being the first major league team to 82 victories, the Phillies will finish their ninth consecutive season with a record over .500. Only the Yankees (18 and counting) and the Red Sox (13 and counting) currently have more. And no one else is even close. In fact, only six major league teams entered... Read more

Phillies Chasing the Bar

Monday, August 22, 2011, 2:56 AM
Even though they lost two of three to the Nationals this weekend and are 4-4 over the last eight games, the Phillies' record (81-44) is still outstanding. Here is what they would need to do down the stretch to match some significant 162-game marks: Record Need To Go Phillies 1980 World... Read more
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