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I have a bunch of half-baked thoughts floating around in my head, so I thought I'd do the lazy-blogger thing and just write a news and notes column instead of a full-fledged analysis of anything in particular.  So, without further ado, here are a few things that have caught my fancy over the past week or so:

  • The Phillies have used only 12 pitchers all year, the same number they currently have on their roster.  Other than Brad Lidge starting the season on the DL and missing the first week, no pitcher has been injured.  Likewise, no pitcher used in a game (Tim Lahey, on the roster in Lidge's place, was designated for assignment before pitching in a game) has been so bad that he has been sent to the minors or released.
  • As many analytical baseball fans have long suspected, there's a strong positive correlation between leaving men on base and scoring runs.  As Baseball Prospectus writes:  "Each of these relationships makes a bit of sense: the more runners you put on base, the more likely some are to get stranded there, and the more runners you put on base, the more likely you are to score runs."  That means the next time you get upset because the Phillies left another guy on base, you can comfort yourself in the fact that they tend to be a high scoring team and that's the price you pay.