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Pence Makes EVERYBODY Hit

Friday, August 12, 2011, 12:05 AM
Do you want even more proof that Hunter Pence has helped the Phillies' offense? We thought so ... Since Pence joined the club on July 30, Phillies' starting pitchers are hitting .300 (only 47 points less he he is batting in that time) and slugging .400: Date Pitcher AB R ... Read more

The Davey Lopes Era

Thursday, August 11, 2011, 3:32 AM
When former Dodger second baseman Davey Lopes joined the Phillies as a coach for the 2007 season, he helped them increase their stolen base total by 50 percent over the previous year and set a major league record for stolen base percentage. However, the Phillies' SB total dipped in each of their next... Read more

1981, The Strike That Derailed the Phillies' Dynasty

Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 3:00 AM
Thirty years ago, baseball was about to begin the second-half of its ill-fated strike-shortened season. And it would be safe to say no team suffered more from that labor strife than the Phillies. Consider the Phils, before the stoppage, had won five in a row and nine of 11 and were atop the NL East... Read more

Rollins' Triple Drought

Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 1:41 AM
Jimmy Rollins has been stuck on 99 career triples since May 3. He has gone a career-high 82 games without a three-bagger. In fact, since Sept. 19, 2010 — a span covering 138 games — Rollins has just one triple. Rollins is shown above sliding into third with triple No. 97 last July to... Read more

Howard's Giants Power Loss

Monday, August 8, 2011, 3:15 AM
Ryan Howard hit five home runs in his first seven career games against the Giants and had belted seven by the time he had faced them 16 times. But he has managed just three round-trippers in the 29 games (*including playoffs) he has played against them since 2008. 2005-07 *2008-11 Games 16 29 H-AB 14-59 23-107 Avg... Read more

Phils' Largest Divison Leads

Sunday, August 7, 2011, 12:35 AM
By Sunday night, the 2011 Phillies could be just the third club in franchise history to open up a lead of double-digits in its divison/league: Largest Latest Final Final Season Lead Date Pos. GA (GB) 1976 15.5 Aug. 24 1st 9.0 1993 11.5 June 14 1st 3.0 2011 9.5 Aug.... Read more

Even HR Splits for Raul

Saturday, August 6, 2011, 2:10 AM
In his career, Raul Ibanez has hit 124 home runs in 889 regular season home games ... and 124 home runs in 889 regular season road games. Here are the career home/road stats for Ibanez (shown at left following his most recent home run, at Citizens Bank Park on July 31): Home Away Games 889 889 Hits-AB ... Read more

Lee a Giant vs. San Francisco

Friday, August 5, 2011, 1:00 AM
Cliff Lee has started four regular season games against the Giants in his career, and unleashed a gem each time, including a complete-game shutout Thursday. At least for now, we will resist the urge to dwell on his postseason numbers (0-2, 6.94) against them. His regular season starts vs. San Francisco... Read more

Ryan Howard 's Left Feat

Thursday, August 4, 2011, 12:03 AM
Ryan Howard finally hit a 2011 home run off a lefthanded pitcher Wednesday, ending a streak of 173 homerless at-bats (including postseason) vs. southpaws. Howard (shown above after connecting on a grand slam against Pirates LHP Jack Taschner last season) has never been able to replicate the overall... Read more

The Phillies' Schneider Effect

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 3:00 AM
Tuesday night, Brian Schneider made his 22nd start behind the plate for the Phillies this season. They are 19-3 in those starts, yet only four of those victories have come in games started by the Four Aces. When Schneider has crouched down behind the dish for Vance Worley, Kyle Kendrick and Joe Blanton... 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.

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