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Eight is Enough

Phillies' stats from the eight-game losing streak.

Eight is Enough

The Phillies´ Chase Utley and Laynce Nix. (Carlos Osorio/AP)
The Phillies' Chase Utley and Laynce Nix. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

During the Phillies' eight-game losing streak, they have the same number of hits as their opponents have runs. Ouch!

And their pitchers are allowing nearly twice as many baserunners per nine innings, as their opponents. Double Ouch!

Here are the Phils' and their opponents totals for the eight-game (so far) losing streak:

   Phils  Opp.
 Runs  14  52
 Batting Avg.  .202  .313
    H-AB  52-258       82-262     
    RISP Avg.  .204  .355
    RISP H-AB  10-49  33-93
 On-Base Pct.  .247  .386
    Walks  13  31
    Strikeouts  61  52
 Slugging Pct.  .267  .447
    Doubles  11  17
    Home Runs  2  6
    Total Bases  69  117
 Earned Run Avg.      6.19  1.38
    W+H/9 IP  15.89  8.13
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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.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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