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Phillie Killers: The 2007 Offense

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We hear our announcers talk about them all the time.  They come to CBP and destroy the Phils.  They're that rare breed (or, sometimes, not that rare).  They're the Phillie Killers.

The Phillie Killer who comes immediately to my mind is Brad Wilkerson.  Other than his 2002 stats (1.130 OPS against the Phils), I'm not so sure the numbers bear it out, but it seemed that when he was with the Expos (remember them?), he clobbered the Phillies on a regular basis.  It's probably all because I was sitting 20 rows behind home plate during this game when Jose Mesa blew a 1-0 shutout by giving up a 2-out, 2-strike 2-run home run to Wilkerson in the top of the ninth.  Memories like that die hard.

But who are the real Phillie Killers?  Not the ones that we remember because we happened to be present at a bad game.  Not the ones that our CRAP-influenced announcers tell us over and over kill the Phils.  Who are the guys who truly mash the Phillies?

In this first piece, I'm looking just at hitters in 2007.  To come up with the Phillie killers, I didn't simply take the guys who had the best performances against the Phils.  After all, if Albert Pujols plays the Phils and clobbers them, he's just being Albert Pujols; he's not really doing anything special against the Phils.  So, I looked at the players who had the biggest differentials between their overall 2007 performance and their performance against the Phillies.

Using this method, we get our number 3 Phillie killer, Omar Vizquel, who had a 1.044 OPS against the Phils.  That ranks 17th among major leaguers with 25 plate appearances against the Phillies last year.  But, what makes him the third best Phillie killer is that his regular season OPS was 0.621.  He was horrible against the rest of the league, but was great against the Phillies.  That's a Phillie killer.

So, with that definition in mind, I give you the 2007 all-Phillie killer offense:

First base:  Todd Helton.  Helton had a .928 season OPS, but a 1.346 OPS against the Phillies.  The component numbers are amazing - he was always on base against the Phils (.531 OBP) and slugged like an all-time great (.815 SLG).  He showed off his Phillie killing instinct in the playoffs, as we all remember.

Second base:  Craig Biggio.  Biggio wasted away for most of the season (.666 OPS), but woke up against the Phils.  His .930 OPS against the Phils was his best against any National League team in 2007.

Short stop:  Omar Vizquel.  Vizquel wouldn't come to mind as a killer of anything in 2007, as he was horrible (.621 OPS).  But, against the Phils, he figured out how to get on base and hit for a bit of power, putting up a 1.044 OPS.

Third base:  Chipper Jones.  Chipper had an MVP-caliber year against everyone (1.029 OPS), but against the Phillies, he was even better.  He had a 1.182 OPS and tied with Carlos Beltran and Hanley Ramirez for the most home runs against the Phils in 2007.

Outfield:  Eric Byrnes, Milton Bradley, Cory Sullivan.  Byrnes, Bradley, and Sullivan all had huge differentials against the Phils in 2007.  Byrnes took his .813 season OPS up to 1.292; Bradley went from .947 to 1.396; and Sullivan went from .721 to 1.091.  Byrnes and Bradley did it both with their power, slugging .885 and .963 (wow!) respectively.  Sullivan did it with his plate discipline, getting on base half the times he faced the Phils.

Catcher:  Miguel Olivo.  Olivo was pretty mediocre for a catcher in 2007, with a .667 OPS.  Against the Phils, he hit to a .838 OPS, including two triples.

Below the fold is the entire list of 2007 hitters with 25 or more plate appearances against the Phils.  The last column shows the difference in OPS, and thus, who are the best Phillie Killers.

PLAYER AB R HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS 2007 OPS PK OPS
Eric Byrnes 26 9 4 5 0.385 0.407 0.885 1.292 0.813 0.479
Milton Bradley 27 6 4 9 0.370 0.433 0.963 1.396 0.947 0.449
Omar Vizquel 21 4 0 6 0.429 0.520 0.524 1.044 0.621 0.423
Todd Helton 27 5 2 7 0.444 0.531 0.815 1.346 0.928 0.418
Troy Tulowitzki 26 9 2 5 0.423 0.516 0.692 1.208 0.838 0.370
Cory Sullivan 22 4 1 4 0.409 0.500 0.591 1.091 0.721 0.370
Ryan Theriot 21 2 1 2 0.381 0.458 0.571 1.030 0.672 0.358
Albert Pujols 26 9 4 9 0.346 0.455 0.885 1.339 0.997 0.342
Willie Harris 30 5 1 5 0.367 0.441 0.633 1.075 0.741 0.334
Mike Jacobs 52 11 3 8 0.346 0.414 0.692 1.106 0.775 0.331
Carlos Lee 27 4 4 9 0.333 0.379 0.815 1.194 0.882 0.312
Josh Willingham 39 6 3 10 0.308 0.413 0.692 1.105 0.827 0.278
Craig Biggio 25 4 1 3 0.320 0.370 0.560 0.930 0.666 0.264
Carlos Delgado 58 10 4 11 0.328 0.403 0.638 1.041 0.781 0.260
Randy Winn 34 8 1 3 0.353 0.421 0.588 1.009 0.798 0.211
Skip Schumaker 25 6 0 2 0.400 0.464 0.560 1.024 0.816 0.208
Moises Alou 37 8 2 7 0.432 0.500 0.622 1.122 0.916 0.206
Alfredo Amezaga 34 1 0 5 0.324 0.415 0.471 0.885 0.682 0.203
Ray Durham 28 7 2 9 0.250 0.333 0.500 0.833 0.638 0.195
Miguel Olivo 50 4 1 5 0.320 0.358 0.480 0.838 0.667 0.171
Chipper Jones 55 14 6 16 0.309 0.418 0.764 1.182 1.029 0.153
Matt Holliday 28 8 5 9 0.250 0.344 0.821 1.165 1.012 0.153
Edgar Renteria 47 10 3 9 0.362 0.400 0.596 0.996 0.860 0.136
Brian Schneider 43 3 1 11 0.256 0.353 0.442 0.795 0.662 0.133
Alejandro De Aza 27 2 0 3 0.296 0.286 0.407 0.693 0.564 0.129
Rafael Furcal 23 7 0 2 0.348 0.423 0.391 0.814 0.687 0.127
Aaron Miles 29 3 0 2 0.345 0.457 0.345 0.802 0.676 0.126
Miguel Cabrera 71 14 4 10 0.366 0.451 0.634 1.085 0.965 0.120
Brad Hawpe 28 5 1 2 0.357 0.438 0.607 1.045 0.926 0.119
Prince Fielder 24 4 2 6 0.333 0.484 0.625 1.109 1.013 0.096
Juan Pierre 25 4 0 1 0.360 0.360 0.400 0.760 0.685 0.075
Scott Thorman 33 4 1 4 0.273 0.273 0.455 0.727 0.652 0.075
Austin Kearns 66 9 0 6 0.318 0.430 0.409 0.839 0.765 0.074
Adam Dunn 21 4 3 6 0.190 0.333 0.667 1.000 0.940 0.060
Carlos Beltran 72 13 6 15 0.278 0.338 0.597 0.935 0.878 0.057
Freddy Sanchez 26 4 2 9 0.269 0.259 0.577 0.836 0.784 0.052
Lance Berkman 20 5 1 2 0.250 0.483 0.450 0.933 0.896 0.037
Brian McCann 61 5 2 12 0.311 0.333 0.475 0.809 0.772 0.037
Alfonso Soriano 31 5 1 1 0.355 0.412 0.516 0.928 0.897 0.031
David Wright 70 13 5 8 0.286 0.378 0.614 0.992 0.963 0.029
Adrian Gonzalez 27 4 2 6 0.296 0.323 0.556 0.878 0.849 0.029
Brian Giles 23 4 0 2 0.261 0.414 0.391 0.805 0.777 0.028
Pedro Feliz 31 4 2 7 0.258 0.281 0.452 0.733 0.708 0.025
Todd Linden 27 6 0 2 0.259 0.355 0.296 0.651 0.634 0.017
Hanley Ramirez 75 15 6 11 0.307 0.350 0.613 0.963 0.948 0.015
Kevin Kouzmanoff 23 3 1 1 0.261 0.320 0.478 0.798 0.786 0.012
Mike Cameron 25 2 1 2 0.240 0.367 0.400 0.767 0.759 0.008
Nook Logan 31 3 0 0 0.290 0.290 0.355 0.645 0.649 -0.004
J.J. Hardy 32 5 2 7 0.281 0.281 0.500 0.781 0.786 -0.005
Andruw Jones 69 10 2 8 0.261 0.301 0.406 0.707 0.724 -0.017
Jose Reyes 69 9 1 5 0.290 0.424 0.333 0.757 0.775 -0.018
Josh Hamilton 20 3 1 1 0.250 0.400 0.500 0.900 0.922 -0.022
Jesus Flores 22 2 1 6 0.182 0.280 0.364 0.644 0.671 -0.027
Felipe Lopez 64 7 0 5 0.281 0.333 0.297 0.630 0.660 -0.030
Matt Diaz 41 4 1 8 0.317 0.370 0.463 0.833 0.865 -0.032
Paul Lo Duca 61 7 2 9 0.230 0.304 0.344 0.649 0.689 -0.040
Jeff Francoeur 74 11 2 6 0.297 0.303 0.432 0.735 0.782 -0.047
Orlando Hudson 26 2 1 6 0.308 0.296 0.462 0.758 0.817 -0.059
Garrett Atkins 29 4 1 3 0.276 0.344 0.448 0.792 0.853 -0.061
Ronnie Belliard 76 9 2 5 0.263 0.300 0.395 0.695 0.759 -0.064
Derrek Lee 26 7 0 2 0.308 0.379 0.462 0.841 0.913 -0.072
Kelly Johnson 62 9 2 6 0.226 0.338 0.387 0.725 0.831 -0.106
So Taguchi 27 1 0 0 0.259 0.310 0.296 0.607 0.718 -0.111
Ryan Church 55 5 1 6 0.236 0.333 0.364 0.697 0.813 -0.116
Cody Ross 37 6 3 7 0.270 0.325 0.622 0.947 1.064 -0.117
Dan Uggla 69 11 3 7 0.188 0.291 0.391 0.682 0.805 -0.123
Mark Teixeira 35 5 3 8 0.200 0.282 0.514 0.796 0.963 -0.167
Yunel Escobar 30 4 0 0 0.233 0.324 0.333 0.657 0.837 -0.180
Ryan Zimmerman 75 8 0 2 0.213 0.272 0.320 0.592 0.788 -0.196
Aramis Ramirez 26 3 1 5 0.231 0.286 0.423 0.709 0.915 -0.206
Jeremy Hermida 48 3 1 5 0.229 0.302 0.354 0.656 0.870 -0.214
Luis Castillo 24 3 0 1 0.208 0.296 0.208 0.505 0.721 -0.216
Alex Gonzalez 22 2 1 3 0.136 0.208 0.364 0.572 0.793 -0.221
Brandon Phillips 23 2 0 3 0.261 0.333 0.261 0.594 0.816 -0.222
Dmitri Young 48 5 2 7 0.229 0.269 0.375 0.644 0.869 -0.225
Khalil Greene 30 2 0 0 0.233 0.233 0.300 0.533 0.759 -0.226
Shawn Green 40 3 0 2 0.175 0.292 0.250 0.542 0.782 -0.240