Let the Numbers Do the Talking

3 Sep

I’m not sure what to say any more.  I’ve run out of superlatives; I’ve run out of hurricane and earthquake puns (I know you’re relieved to hear that!) and I don’t even think a Haiku will suffice today.  So I’ll go back to one of my tried and true favorites and let the numbers do the talking.  And let me tell you, these are some earth-shaking numbers.  (Sorry.)

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42           games over .500 for the first time in franchise history with the Phillies league-best record of  88-46

116         pitches thrown by Roy Oswalt last night while earning his 7th win.  That is his most since coming off the DL.

.330      Hunter Pence‘s team-high batting average.  He is 36 for 109 since joining the Phillies and the Phillies are 22-7 since acquiring Pence from the Astros.

27          saves in 29 save opportunities for Ryan Madson after last night’s scoreless ninth in which he also had 2 strikeouts

13          home runs for John Mayberry after his 2-run blast last night.  He also had 3 RBI bringing his total to 44.

6            seasons in a row that Ryan Howard has hit over 30 home runs with over 100 RBI which is a Phillies franchise record

.110       opponents batting average against Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo which is the best in baseball history over the last 50 years. Bastardo has a 1.35 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 53.1 innings pitched. To put it in perspective, Dodgers closer Eric Gagne held hitters to a .133 average in 2003, the year he won the Cy Young Award.

17           hits for Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz in his last 11 starts during which he has raised his batting average 20 points.  Choooooch!

37 1/3   Cliff Lee‘s leading total in the Phillies pitchers’ informal hitting competition.  Cole Hamels is second with 33 1/3 and Roy Halladay third with 31.

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And last but certainly not least 

19            The Phillies MAGIC NUMBER to clinch the NL East Division Title!


2 Responses to “Let the Numbers Do the Talking”

  1. geetie cohen September 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    It all adds up to
    P hantastic
    H umongous
    I rreplaceable
    L ovable
    L uscious
    I ndelible
    E ngaging
    S uperior

    • Susan Cohen-Dickler September 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

      I might steal that letter thing for my next post!!

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