About Last Night: Giving up 11 runs to the Phillies?!

Last night, the Phillies, who are the worst team in baseball (by percentage points over Milwaukee), scored 11 runs – with five of them coming in the ninth inning – against the Yankees and this is how they did it.

Four singles:

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Four doubles:

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A triple:

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Two home runs:

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Hmm. When a Yankees pitcher threw the ball right over the middle of the plate, the Phillies were able to make contact and get hits! What a novel concept.
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This was especially true in the ninth inning and the Phillies hit two doubles and a triple:
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It was also an issue in the fourth inning which was CC Sabathia’s “one bad inning.” (I just put that there so people will get huffy and puffy in the comments.)

Here’s the Phillies’ spray chart for that fourth inning:
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And here’s the heat map:
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[Heat maps and spray charts courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info]

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Quick hit: Maikel Franco is a pain in the ass

As I said in the title, Maikel Franco is a pain in the ass.

He’s done well this season batting .319/.368/.604/.972 in 37 games. But against the Yankees, so far, he’s batting .750/.800/2.000/2.800 with three home runs, two singles and a double.

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If you pitch to him over the plate, HE’S GOING TO HIT THE BALL! Amazing!
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If you don’t, he may actually make an out!
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So how about we stop throwing him pitches he can hammer and try to keep him off the bases? Maybe?

[Heat maps, grids and spray charts courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info]

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Game 71 Recap: Phillies 11, Yankees 6


Are you there Girardi? It’s me, Stacey. You guys lost again last night, but you know that because you were in the dugout watching the horror unfold right before your eyes.

I have something to say, and I am a little scared to say it, but I think it is something that you really need to hear.

Please stop pitching CC Sabathia every five days. He is killing this team and it is time to take him out of the rotation. Actually, the time to take him out of the rotation was probably a couple of weeks ago, but I get it, he’s your “ace” and you probably feel bad about having to call him into your office to give him the news. If you’re worried about doing it, your predecessor Joe Torre, had to do it a few times. Two big examples of former aces who had to be removed from the starting rotation are Mike Mussina and David Cone.…

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Game 71: Sabathia vs. O’Sullivan

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
Ben Revere, CF Brett Gardner, CF
Cesar Hernandez, 2B Chase Headley, 3B
Maikel Franco, 1B Alex Rodriguez, DH
Ryan Howard, DH Brian McCann, C
Jeff Francoeur, LF Carlos Beltran, RF
Domonic Brown, RF Garrett Jones, 1B
Andres Blanco, 3B Chris Young, LF
Cameron Rupp, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Freddy Galvis, SS Jose Pirela, 2B
Sean O’Sullivan, SP CC Sabathia, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Nate Should Be Odd Man Out


MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees

The familiar mantra in baseball circles is that “you can never have too much pitching” and said mantra usually applies doubly when it comes to starting pitching. However, with the long-awaited return of Ivan Nova from his date with the...

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This Guy Needs to Take a Hike


I have no idea what this tweet even means. After multiple conversations with the Yankees, the guy who caught A-Rod’s 3,000th hit still has the ball. There’s a very easy way to get in touch with the Yankees, or A-Rod at this point. No need for this.

On top of it all, this man has tweeted in the past that he’s not a fan of A-Rod. What’s he going to do if A-Rod follows him back? Shift over into his DMs and berate him? I have no idea with this guy anymore. This is not only desperate, but confusing. Just sell the damn ball, or give it to the Baseball Hall of Fame, or put it on your mantle. But quit trying to drag out your 15 minutes of fame.

It seems like this man is desperately trying to get to Alex Rodriguez, and Alex Rodriguez is dodging him masterfully. He made one joke about his ball in his postgame press conference, then he stopped caring – at least in the public eye.…

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About Last Night: Brett Gardner

Okay, so technically, this is going to be an About The Last Week or So because Brett Gardner has been on fire the last six days.

He’s batting .519/.536/1.000/1.536 and nearly hit for the cycle on Saturday night.

Here’s his past week in spray chart and heat map form:

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He has three home runs:
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Two doubles:
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A triple:
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Eight singles:
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Three strikeouts:
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A walk:
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A double play:
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The conclusion: Gardner has had a very good six days.

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Game 70 Quick Recap: PHI 11 NYY 8

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The Yankees lost last night.  They lost because Michael Pineda was terrible and got knocked around by one of, if not the worst lineup in baseball.  None of that is good, but the last time I checked none of us non-MLB players have a great day at our jobs every single time we go to work.  Pineda didn’t have it yesterday and even the crappiest professional hitters are going to tee off on a guy when he doesn’t have it.  Oh well.

So how bad was Pineda’s night?  He gave up multiple hits in every inning he pitched, including the lone scoreless frame in the top of the 2nd, and 11 in 3.1 innings.  5 of those hits came with 2 strikes, so just like Tanaka the other night, the issue was Pineda’s inability to command in the strike zone or locate with 2 strikes rather than throw strikes period,  Still, it’s not a good look to be giving up that many hits to such a terrible lineup, and Joe had no choice but to pull the plug in the 4th.  …

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Game 70: Correia vs. Pineda

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
Ben Revere, CF Brett Gardner, CF
Cesar Hernandez, 2B Chase Headley, 3B
Maikel Franco, 3B Alex Rodriguez, DH
Ryan Howard, 1B Brian McCann, C
Domonic Brown, RF Carlos Beltran, RF
Chase Utley, DH Garrett Jones, 1B
Cameron Rupp, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Cody Asche, LF Chris Young, LF
Freddy Galvis, SS Stephen Drew, 2B
Kevin Correia, SP Michael Pineda, SP

Enjoy the game!

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