Saturday, April 25, 2015

Phillies are Right vs. Lefties

Phillies have won 12 straight games against left-handed starting pitchers.

Phillies are Right vs. Lefties

Ryan Howard hit a three-run home run in the first inning against the Brewers on Friday night. (Morry Gash/AP)
Ryan Howard hit a three-run home run in the first inning against the Brewers on Friday night. (Morry Gash/AP)

The Phillies, who face old friend Randy Wolf Saturday, have a major-league best 29-9 record vs. lefthanded starting pitchers this season. That includes wins in each of the last 12 southpaws (see below) to take the mound against them.

And while there is no Sandy Koufax amongst them, a lefty is a lefty.

Noteworthy: These 12 starters are 0-12 and have a combined 6.22 ERA in these games, and have allowed 73 hits (15 homers) in 68 innings ... Phils are hitting .278 vs. them in these games and have drawn 32 walks, struck out 49 times.

Date Opponent Pitcher     Score
July 22 Padres Cory Luebke 3-1
July 26 Giants Barry Zito 7-2
Aug. 4 at Giants Madison Bumgarner     3-0
Aug. 5 at Giants Jonathan Sanchez 9-2
Aug. 9 at Dodgers Ted Lilly 2-1
Aug. 13     Nationals John Lannan 11-3
Aug. 17 Diamondbacks      Joe Saunders 9-2
Aug. 20 at Nationals John Lannan 5-0
Aug. 23 Mets Jonathon Niese 9-4
Aug. 31 at Reds Dontrelle Willis 3-0
Sept. 2 at Marlins Brad Hand 5-3
Sept. 8 at Brewers Chris Narveson 7-2
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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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