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Roll Call of Phillie-Killers

Brian McCann was poised to join this list, but went 1-for-8 this week against the Phillies.

Roll Call of Phillie-Killers

Braves catcher Brian McCann. (John Bazemore/AP)
Braves catcher Brian McCann. (John Bazemore/AP)

The Braves took two of three games from the Phillies despite a 1-for-8 performance from catcher Brian McCann, who came into the series hitting .571 against the Phils this season.

That is the same exact average that Tony Gywnn unfurled against them in 1994, the highest they’ve surrendered in one season (since 1916).

Below are players (min.: 25 AB) that have hit .517 or higher against the Phillies in a season. There is only one player that appears on the list twice. That would be the Brewers’ Ryan Braun ... so take that with a grain of salt ... or a syringe of whatever you have sitting in the medicine cabinet.

Also, on the list: the legendary Possum Whitted. He hit .538 against the Phillies in 1919 ... after they traded to the Pirates on Aug. 9 of that season. And for whom was he traded? The even more legendary Casey Stengel.

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 HIGHEST BA vs. PHILLIES, SEASON (Min. 25 AB; Since 1916)
 Batter  Team  Year  G  H-AB  HR   RBI   Avg.   OBA   Slg.
 Tony Gwynn  Padres  1994   11   24-42    2  12  .571  .592    .810 
 Jack Smith  Braves  1927  12  20-37   0    6  .541  .564    .676
 Possum Whitted   Pirates  1919    7  14-26   0    7  .538  .556    .731
 Hal Morris  Reds  1990  10  16-30   3    6  .533  .548    .867
 Todd Helton  Rockies   2000    9  17-32   2  10  .531  .583    .844
 Bob Scheffing  Cubs  1948  19  19-36   0    8  .528  .595    .611
 Ron Hunt  Giants  1969    9  20-38   1    7  .526  .561    .789
 Hal Breeden  Expos  1973  13  20-38   5  14  .526  .561  1.132
 Ernie Lombardi  Reds  1937  18  34-65   2  17  .523  .537    .738
 Dixie Howell  Pirates  1947    9  13-25   0    5  .520  .613    .720
 Ryan Braun  Brewers  2012    7  14-27   6  10  .519  .581  1.296
 Ryan Braun  Brewers  2009    7  15-29   4  10  .517  .576    .931
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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.

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