Phillies Phacts: Did You Know?

5 Jul

The Phillies took 2 out of 3 against the red hot Pittsburgh Pirates with a 6-4 victory yesterday at PNC Park.

But did you know that it was the first series win for the Phils in Pittsburgh since 2008?

Pitcher Cole Hamels got the win.  He threw seven innings and gave up two runs (only one earned) on five hits with eight strikeouts.  Hard to believe that It was only his third victory of the year.

But did you know that last July 4th, Cliff Lee got his first win of his very  bizarre 2012 season?

Phillies center fielder Ben Revere had three hits and two RBI’s yesterday.  He is batting .481 in his last seven games and has raised his batting average from .272 to .290.

But did you know that Revere is batting .326 in the 56 games since May 1, which is the second-best average among all Major League center fielders for that period?

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz also had two RBI’s in yesterday’s game.  It was his first multiple RBI game this year.  Ruiz hit .387 on the road trip, raising his overall average from .227 to .278.

But did you know that Ruiz entered the game with a total of only  four RBI’s so far this season?

The Phillies went 5-5 on this road trip, not good enough if they really expect to make a run at the first place Atlanta Braves.

But did you know that on this same road trip the team hit .307?  They had a team batting average of .247 before they hit the road.

The Phillies are 8 and 1/2 games behind the first place Atlanta Braves who they will face in a critical three games series starting tonight.

But did you know that the Phillies have always been a better second half team under manager Charlie Manuel? They have a .610 winning percentage after the All-Star break with Phillies manager ‘Charlie in Charge.’

Cliff Lee (9-2 with a 2.59 ERA) gets the start tonight against the Braves.  Lee is 5-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 11 career starts against Atlanta.

But did you know that Lee is looking for his eighth consecutive win of the season?  He is 7-0 in his last 11 outings and his 83 2-3 innings during that span are the most in baseball.  He’s limited the opposition to two runs or fewer in eight of those games.  Lee finished the month of June with a 3-0 record and 52 strikeouts.

Stats are fun to look at especially ones that favor your team.

But we all know that at the end of the day it’s really just about who plays better after the ump yells “Play Ball.”

Have a great Friday!

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