Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bucco Problems?

Do the Phillies struggle against certain current or former Pirate pitchers? Chris Wheeler alluded to this Tuesday night while Zach Duke was controlling the Fightins. He pointed out that Tom Gorzelanny (who dominated the Phils last night) also gave the Phils fits. And you know what, I agreed with him. It does seem that they struggle with the Pirates and some of their pitchers. But the stats, they may tell a different story. Here are some Pirate pitchers' career numbers against the Phils.

Zach Duke - 5 games, 2-3 record, 4.18 ERA
Tom Gorzelanny - 2 games, 1-1 record, 3.86 ERA
Paul Maholm - 6 games, 3-1 record, 3.29 ERA
Ian Snell - 6 games, 3-3 record, 4.50 ERA
Kip Wells - 12 games, 5-2 record, 2.98 ERA
Josh Fogg - 6 games, 1-2 record, 6.21 ERA

So it turns out Duke and Gorzelanny didn't really do that well against the Pirates before this week's games, and for the Pirates main starters over the last few years, only Kip Wells and Paul Maholm have consistently put up above average starts against the good guys.

As for today, the Phils face off against Ryan Dempster. He's faced the Phils 21 times (14 starts) without great success. He's 4-4 but with a 4.99 ERA. Last season he started once against Philadelphia and gave up 6 runs over 7 innings. Let's hope history repeats itself today.

Game time 1:05. Joe Blanton takes the hill for the Phils. Enjoy your MLB Gamecenter while attempting to work.

10 comments:

Preserve Jon said...

A possible Joe Kerrigan effect due to his familiarity with Phils hitters from his time here?

Bloodstripes said...

Blanton is red hot so far

GM-Carson said...

Previous to last night, Gorzelanny only faced the Phils 1 time in his life and lost the game and had a 9.00 ERA. Great your shit straight Wheeler!

Bloodstripes said...

4:30am downunder and listening to the game half asleep. Rollins smacks a 3 run homer on a 3-0 pitch and I'm up punching the air in the dark.

C'mon you Phillies!!!!

Bloodstripes said...

Worked hard for that win.

Bloodstripes said...

Worked hard for that win.

furiousBall said...

Hoover saved the game with that stop on one of Contrera's pitches

GM-Carson said...

Blanton only threw 71 pitches through 7 innings and looked great. Yet Charlie pulled him from the game for a pinch hitter while the Phils were up a run in the exact same situation Roy Halladay was in on Tuesday except the Phils were down a run then and Roy had 99 pitches at that time. Hmmmm?

ripjgarcia said...

Rather have Contreras on that mound right now than Lidge or Madson in that spot..

GM-Carson said...

Holy crap, is it the weekend yet?