Friday, December 26, 2014

The 2011 Phillies Killers

As colleague Ray Parrillo mentioned in his story from Wednesday night's 7-5 Washington victory over the Phillies, Danny Espinosa can lay claim to the title "Phillies Killer of the Year." That's for sure.

The 2011 Phillies Killers

Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa is one of the top bats against the Phillies. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)
Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa is one of the top bats against the Phillies. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)

As colleague Ray Parrillo mentioned in his story from Wednesday night's 7-5 Washington victory over the Phillies, Danny Espinosa can lay claim to the title "Phillies Killer of the Year." That's for sure.

Espinosa has the third highest OPS against the Phillies in 2011 for anyone with 20 or more at-bats. He hit three home runs off Cliff Lee, who did not allow more than one to any other hitter in the majors. He also homered off Roy Halladay, who has surrendered all of 10 long balls the entire season. Then he took old college teammate Vance Worley deep for a go-ahead blast Wednesday.

Ten of Espinosa's 20 hits against the Phillies are for extra bases. A third of his home runs this season were hit in 17 games against the Phillies. Take away his hits against the Phillies and he's a .227 hitter in 2011, not .238.

All are characteristics that crown Espinosa as Phillies Killer of the Year, with no disrespect to Lance Berkman or Michael Morse, who are having terrific seasons against everyone -- not just the Phillies.

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The list of other Phillies Killers (minimum 20 at-bats in 2011):

Player PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS ▾
Lance Berkman 38 30 14 1 0 2 7 7 3 .467 .579 .700 1.279
Michael Morse 46 38 15 4 0 2 5 6 7 .395 .500 .658 1.158
Danny Espinosa 71 60 20 3 0 7 15 6 17 .333 .414 .733 1.148
Lucas Duda 26 23 8 3 1 1 4 2 3 .348 .423 .696 1.119
Lyle Overbay 24 22 8 2 1 1 6 2 7 .364 .417 .682 1.098
Prince Fielder 32 26 11 3 0 0 3 5 7 .423 .531 .538 1.070
Carlos Lee 24 22 7 0 1 2 6 0 2 .318 .375 .682 1.057
Jose Lopez 29 27 9 3 0 2 3 0 3 .333 .357 .667 1.024
Jay Bruce 38 35 12 1 0 3 11 2 10 .343 .395 .629 1.023
Jose Reyes 43 42 17 4 2 0 1 1 1 .405 .419 .595 1.014
Cameron Maybin 28 26 10 2 0 1 3 2 5 .385 .429 .577 1.005
Albert Pujols 28 26 10 2 0 1 3 2 4 .385 .429 .577 1.005
Yadier Molina 31 30 12 3 0 1 2 0 3 .400 .400 .600 1.000
Carlos Pena 29 24 8 2 0 1 3 5 6 .333 .448 .542 .990
Matt Kemp 26 26 10 2 0 1 3 0 7 .385 .385 .577 .962

Espinosa's trophy is in the mail, so long as Rod Barajas used the correct postage.


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