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2008 vs. 2009: Through 115 games

I was interested to see how this Phillies team stacks up with last year's. Right now they are 66-49 with a 4.5 game lead in the National League East. Last year they were 62-53 with a one game lead in the NL East.

2008 vs. 2009: Through 115 games

How do Cliff Lee and the 2009 Phils measure up to the 2008 squad through 115 games? (File photo)
How do Cliff Lee and the 2009 Phils measure up to the 2008 squad through 115 games? (File photo)

I was interested to see how this Phillies team stacks up with last year's. Right now they are 66-49 with a 4.5 game lead in the National League East. Last year they were 62-53 with a one game lead in the NL East.

Here are some more comparisons:

1) In 2008, they were hitting .255/.333/.439 with 159 home runs and averaging 4.9 runs, 8.8 hits, and 3.4 extra base hits per game. In 2009 they are hitting .257/.334/.446 with 162 home runs and averaging 5.2 runs, 8.9 hits, and 3.6 extra base hits per game.

2) In 2008, they were averaging 6.8 strikeouts and 3.7 walks per game. In 2009, they are averaging 7.2 strikeouts and 3.7 walks per game.

3) In 2008, they were 92/108 on stolen base attempts (85.2 percent). In 2009 they are 81/101 (80.2 percent) on stolen base attempts.

4) In 2008, they had a 3.94 ERA and were holding opponents to a .259 average while allowing an average of 4.3 runs, 8.9 hits, 1.0 home runs and 3.0 extra base hits per game. In 2009, they have a 4.26 ERA and are holding opponents to a .264 average while allowing an average of 4.5 runs, 9.2 hits, 1.2 home runs and 3.1 extra base hits per game.

5) In the 15 games since Cliff Lee made his first start as a Phillie, they have a 3.33 ERA and are holding opponents to a .257 average while allowing an average of 3.7 runs, 8.7 hits, 0.5 home runs, and 2.2 extra base hits per game. In games 101-115 last year they had a 3.87 ERA and held opponents to a .256 average while allowing 4.7 runs, 8.7 hits, 0.9 home runs and 2.8 extra base hits per game.
 

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