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Some Friday Phillies Links -- May 20, 2011

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Leavened with stat notes...

Ryan Madson has been true savior for first-place Phillies

Time to Move On in Philadelphia?
Putting Move and Philadelphia in the same title made me do a double-take.  One interesting note:

As bad as Ibanez has been this year, his current contact profile at the plate is similar to his 2009 season.

By the way, Raul's Home-Away splits so far this year:
Home OPS: .855 (.312/.361/.494)
Away OPS: .391 (.145/.203/.188)

Four is a magic number
Updated records...
When scoring 4 or more: 17-2
When scoring 0-3: 9-15 

NL FIP/xFIP rankings
FIP: 1) Halladay, 3) Hamels, 6) Lee
xFIP: 1) Halladay, 3) Hamels, 4) Lee

Stroll through the stats: RBI guys
The article notes that Ryan Howard leads the majors with the most runners on base when he's been at bat (yeah, I was surprised too), and so his % of those baserunners driven in, or OBI% is ok but not great (related link: Leadoff Rankings: Week 7).

Since the article is focused on this year, it doesn't say that Howard had the 6th highest OBI% in 2006-2010 (out of 342 qualifiers with 1000+ PAs), or the 4th highest in 2007-2010 (out of 345 players with 800+).

(more after the jump)

Howard's Splits
His platoon differential is back with a vengeance (SSS, 57 PAs vs. LHPs)...
OPS      RHP        LHP       Diff
2005 1.041 .421 .620
2006 1.164 .922 .242
2007 1.072 .826 .246
2008 .967 .745 .222
2009 1.088 .654 .434
2010 .876 .826 .051
2011 .890 .588 .302

 

Booooring!
Last night marked the end of 8 straight Phillies games in which NEITHER team scored more than 5 runs.  That happened once last year, Aug 23-30.  The streak of neither team scoring more than 7 now stands at 18.  The longest such streak last year was 9: Aug 22-30.

Jose Bautista Facts
and...
Time to admire Jose Bautista's greatness
and the Phils will face him for 3 straight day games (!) on July 1-3

Interleague Play Begins
It actually takes place mostly in the weeks before the ASG, but this weekend provides a preview.  Looking back at the balance of power between the leagues:

The NL started strong in the late '90s, before the AL eventually evened the record in 2001.  The two leagues went back and forth for a few years, then the AL started winning convincingly in 2005, and passed the NL in cumulative wins in 2006.  The AL's dominance showed slight weakening last year, and NL fans will look for that trend to continue.

Year Best Record American League National League AL Pct NL Pct AL Cum. NL Cum. AL Cum %
1997 National 97 117 .453 .547 97 117 .453
1998 American 114 110 .509 .491 211 227 .482
1999 National 116 135 .462 .538 327 362 .475
2000 American 136 115 .542 .458 463 477 .493
2001 American 132 120 .524 .476 595 597 .499
2002 National 123 129 .488 .512 718 726 .497
2003 National 115 137 .456 .544 833 863 .491
2004 American 126 125 .502 .498 959 988 .493
2005 American 136 116 .540 .460 1,095 1,104 .498
2006 American 154 98 .611 .389 1,249 1,202 .510
2007 American 137 115 .544 .456 1,386 1,317 .513
2008 American 149 103 .591 .409 1,535 1,420 .519
2009 American 138 114 .548 .452 1,673 1,534 .522
2010 American 134 118 .532 .468 1,807 1,652 .522


Joe Maddon joins list of interleague critics
I don't have strong feelings about interleague play, but on the whole I think I'd like to see it continue.  What I do wish would change is the unbalanced schedule (18 vs. the NL East, 6-9 vs. all others).