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Every Phils' SP Has Had a Bad Stretch

All six of the Phillies' starting pitchers have had at least one bad stretch this season.

Every Phils' SP Has Had a Bad Stretch

(Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

Cliff Lee, who went 281 days between victories, takes to the mound Friday night to kick off the Phillies' second half and look for his second straight win. But he's not the only Phillies pitcher fall off the rails for a while in 2012.

All six of the Phillies' starting pitchers have had at least one bad stretch this season. Here is the worst run (at least four consecutive starts) for each of them:

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Pitcher

Dates

 GS 
W-L 
(Team)

IP

H

R

  ER

 BB

 SO

 HR

  ERA
 Opp.
Avg.
Cole Hamels May 28-
June 13
4 2-2  
(2-2)
 26.2   28   20 18 6 26 6 6.08 .272
Roy Halladay May 2-
May 27
6 1-3  
(1-5)
35.1 44 24 24 4 32 6 6.11 .312
Cliff Lee May 20-
June 29
8 0-4  
(2-6)
52.1 65 33 33 15 55 6 5.68 .308
Vance Worley May 5-
July 3
8 2-4  
(2-6)
46.0 51 28 23 15 37 4 4.50 .285
Joe Blanton May 19-
June 8
5 1-3  
(2-3)
26.1 44 30 29 5 26 11 9.91 .361
Kyle Kendrick    April 23-   
May 9
4 0-3  
(0-4)
15.0 27 16 15 6 10 3 9.00 .415
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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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.

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