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Phils Striking Hot in September

Phils Striking Hot in September

Phils Striking Hot in September

Jimmy Rollins celebrates his two-run home run against the Marlins with Pete Orr. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)
Jimmy Rollins celebrates his two-run home run against the Marlins with Pete Orr. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

The Phillies pitching staff, which has been striking out opponents at a pretty good pace all year (they are second in the National League to the Brewers), has really upped the ante in September.

Through nine games this month, the Phillies' hurlers as a whole are averaging 9.40 strikeouts per nine innings.

Here is the month-by-month numbers (through Wednesday):

 Month  IP  K  K/9IP  
 April  204.2  167  7.34
 May  262.2  250  8.57
 June  250  241  8.68
 July  208  203  8.78
 August  263  239  8.18
 September        97.2     102     9.40
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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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