Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Phillies' Schneider Effect

Phillies are 19-3 when Brian Schneider starts behind the plate.

The Phillies' Schneider Effect

(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Tuesday night, Brian Schneider made his 22nd start behind the plate for the Phillies this season. They are 19-3 in those starts, yet only four of those victories have come in games started by the Four Aces.

When Schneider has crouched down behind the dish for Vance Worley, Kyle Kendrick and Joe Blanton, the Phils are undefeated (15-0).

Last season, the Phils were 18-20 with Schneider starting. His career record as starter is 406-460.

Phillies' 2011 records by starting pitcher with and without Schneider:

       Schneider        Others
Roy Halladay 0-  0 18-  4
Cole Hamels 1-  0 14-  8
Cliff Lee 1-  2 12-  7
Roy Oswalt 2-  1 3-  7
   Four Aces 4-  3 47-26
Vance Worley 8-  0 2-  2
Kyle Kendrick 4-  0 2-  5
Joe Blanton 3-  0 0-  3
   The Next Three     15-  0 4-10
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