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.