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Myers impressive; Blackley a reliever; Hamels will start two days from now

Brett Myers pitched a gem against the Red Sox.

Myers impressive; Blackley a reliever; Hamels will start two days from now

My colleague Paul Hagen says he did a double take when he saw the box score from today's 6-2 win over the Reds.

Not because the Phillies won, but because Brett Myers pitched seven innings. That's almost unheard of in a Grapefruit League start on March 16. Consider: only three other pitchers in action today pitched more than five innings. San Francisco's Matt Cain and Chicago's Carlos Zambrano topped out at six.

Myers threw 70 pitches, 47 of them for strikes. He allowed five hits. His only two runs came on a single with two out in the bottom of the sixth. Ken Griffey Jr. hit an 0-2 pitch into center field. Afterward, Charlie Manuel said he wished Myers would have pitched Griffey a little smarter, realizing that he had an open base (there were men on second and third). All in all though, there wasn't much to complain about.

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Looks like Travis Blackley is a reliever. The lefty pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing his only base-runner on a walk. Blackley had been competing for the No. 5 starter's job, but he's been given just three innings over his past two appearances and has been stretching out like a reliever. Usually, he'll throw 50 to 60 warm-up pitches as a starter. Now, he said, he's throwing 40, and the team wants him to get down to 30.

It's no secret the Phillies would like to add another lefty arm in the bullpen. Currently, J.C. Romero is the only southpaw on staff. Blackley would fit the bill. Can he adjust to relief? I talked to him today and he said he kind of likes it. Said his heart was pounding out there in the ninth, knowing it was his responsibility to finish off the win. He said he's only come out of the bullpen once - during a nationl game in Australia a couple of years back.

That said, the Phillies aren't dead set on keeping another lefty in the pen. "It's a nice luxury to have," assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told me last week, but in the end, the Phillies are going to keep the 11 or 12 best arms, regardless of what hand the ball happens to be coming out of. If the Phillies don't acquire another reliever via trade or waiver, Blackley is a decent bet to make this team. Francisco Rosario was inconsistent last year, and after getting torched a couple of days ago, the Phillies' faith in him may be slipping.

**Hope spring eternal. . .or does it?

In tomorrow's paper, we do our best to figure out how accurate an indicator spring training performance is when it comes to the regular season.

A hint: everyone seems to have a different opinion.

Here are three tables I compiled during some of my research. Make sure to pick up the paper, where hopefully all this data will be concocted into some semblance of sense.

 Table 1: Spring vs. Regular Season Stats of Selected Veterans

 

 

 

2004 spring

 

 

 

2004 regular

 

 

 

2005 spring

 

 

 

2005 regular

 

 

 

2006 spring

 

 

 

2006 regular

 

 

 

2007 spring

 

 

 

2007 regular

 

 

 

Pat Burrell

 

 

 

.291, 3 HR, 18 RBI

 

 

 

.257, 24 HR, 84 RBI

 

 

 

.344, 6 HR, 20 RBI

 

 

 

.281, 32 HR, 117 RBI

 

 

 

.306, 2 HR, 9 RBI

 

 

 

.258, 29 HR, 95 RBI

 

 

 

.237, 5 HR, 12 RBI

 

 

 

.256, 30 HR, 97 RBI

 

 

 

Jimmy Rollins

 

 

 

.296,  HR, 6 RBI

 

 

 

.289, 14 HR, 73 RBI

 

 

 

.303, 2 HR, 8 RBI

 

 

 

.290, 12 HR, 54 RBI

 

 

 

.278, 1 HR, 8 RBI

 

 

 

.277, 25 HR, 83 RBI

 

 

 

.371, 0 HR, 1 RBI

 

 

 

.296, 30 HR, 94 RBI

 

 

 

Chase Utley

 

 

.254, 3 HR, 10 RBI

 

 

 

.266, 13 HR, 52 RBI

 

 

 

.329, 6 HR, 9 RBI

 

 

 

.291, 28 HR, 105 RBI

 

 

 

..278, 5 HR, 12 RBI

 

 

 

..309, 32 HR, 102 RBI

 

 

 

.348, 6 HR, 17 RBI

 

 

 

.332, 22 HR, 103 RBI

 

 

 

Shane Victorino

 

 

 

Na

 

 

 

na

 

 

 

.167, 2 HR, 3 RBI

 

 

 

..294 in 21 GP

 

 

 

.252, 4 HR, 14 RS

 

 

 

.287, 6 HR, 46 RBI

 

 

 

.324, 2 HR, 7 RBI

 

 

 

.281, 12 HR, 46 RBI

 

 

 

Aaron Rowand

 

 

 

Na

 

 

 

Na

 

 

 

.na

 

 

 

Na

 

 

 

.225, 1 HR, 9 RBI

 

 

 

.262, 12 HR, 47 RBI in 109 G

 

 

 

.171, 1hr, 8 RBI

 

 

 

.309, 27 HR, 89 RBI

 

 

 

Ryan Howard

 

 

Na

 

 

 

na

 

 

 

.315, 3 HR, 9 RBI

 

 

 

.288, 22 HR, 63 RBI

 

 

 

.341, 11 HR, 23 RBI

 

 

 

.313, 58 HR, 149 RBI

 

 

 

.221, 3 HR, 10 RBI

 

 

 

.268, 47 HR, 136 RBI

 

 

 

Brett Myers

 

 

 

1-5, 8.75 ERA

 

 

 

11-11, 5.52 ERA

 

 

 

1-2, 7.66 ERA

 

 

 

13-8, 3.72 ERA

 

 

 

1-3, 3.57 ERA

 

 

 

12-7, 3.91 ERA

 

 

 

2-0, 2.04 ERA

 

 

 

5-7, 4.33 ERA, 21 saves

 

 

 

Cole Hamels

 

 

 

Na

 

 

 

Na

 

 

 

Na

 

 

 

Na

 

 

 

Na

 

 

 

na

 

 

 

1-3, 6.10 ERA

 

 

 

15-5, 3.39 ERA

 

 

 

Table 2: Phillies Records: Spring/April/Regular Season
Spring, April, Reg. Season

2007: 11-18, 11-14, 89-73
2006: 19-11, 10-14, 85-77
2005: 11-18, 10-14, 88-74
2004: 10-21, 10-11, 86-76
2003: 10-17, 16-12, 86-76
2002: 12-14, 9-18, 80-81
2001: 12-14, 14-10, 86-76
2000: 15-18, 7-17, 65-97
1999: 14-15, 11-11, 77-85
1998: 16-14, 12-13 (march), 75-87
1997: 17-13, 8-16, 68-94
1996: 11-18, 13-11, 67-95
1995: 7-4, 2-2, 69-75
1994: 14-13, 9-14, 54-61
1993: 16-10, 17-5, 97-65

Table 3: Spring Training Records of World Series Participants
2007
: Boston (15-12), Colorado (13-12)
2006: St. Louis (15-14), Detroit (18-15)
2005: Chicago (14-18), Houston (13-14)
2004: Boston (17-12), St. Louis (17-12)
2003: Florida (14-16), New York (16-13)
2002: Anaheim (17-15), San Francisco (16-16)
2001: Arizona (19-14), New York (9-20)
2000: New York (13-20), New York (14-12)

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