Thursday, June 03, 2010

Recipe for a Shutout

Recipe for a Shutout- MLB's recently worst offense versus MLB's best pitching staff.

The Phillies have been scoring (or I should say not scoring) runs at a historically low rate. Over the past games 15 they've averaged only 1.7 runs per game and fell out of 1st place while going 4-11.

The Padres, 32-21, as a staff have a 2.97 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, have crafted 9 shutouts, and have held opponents to a .230 batting average. They may seem like a bunch of no-names, but collectively they've been brilliant.

Slated to pitch for San Diego: Friday- Mat Latos 3.08/1.01, Saturday- Jon Garland 2.15/1.28, Sunday- Kevin Correia 4.55/1.33, and Monday- Wade LeBlanc 3.67/1.55. They catch a break by missing lefty Clayton Richard (2.87 ERA).

Their starting pitching is only half of the equation for success, as it is their bullpen that is sporting the eye-popping numbers. Mike Adams, Heath Bell, Joe Thatcher, Ryan Webb, and Luke Gregerson all own sub-3 ERAs.
How many runs will the Phillies score during this 4 game set against the Padres?
Less than 8
More than 8
  
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13 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Minor League Transactions:
*Eric Bruntlett was released by the Nationals.

*DeWayne Wise opted out of his contract with Lehigh Valley.

Corey said...

here is a poll, who would you rather have, dobbs or bruntlett?

GM-Carson said...

Dobbs, and I didn't even pause to think about it.

Corey said...

rue mcclanahan just died. "blanche devereaux" from the golden girls just kicked the bucket. is there any doubt the phils will win tomorrow?

ripjgarcia said...

What's the theory? She had a stroke so the Phillies will find theirs?

GM-Carson said...

Garcia- the Phils are directly linked to Golden Girls and will honor Blanche's passing with a winning streak. Mark WSBGMs' word.

Preserve Jon said...

They're dropping like flies.

Preserve Jon said...

Also, does anyone else think a special, one time dispensation from MLB to reverse the call sets a dangerous precedent?

What about Game 6 of the 1985 World Series? I say leave it what it was. And celebrate the accomplishment for what it is.

Give him an asterisk. Oh wait, I forgot, Bud's not into giving out asterisks.

GM-Carson said...

As much as Armando Galarraga deserves that perfect game and it was blown by a horrible call, I think reversing it is dangerous territory.

GM-Carson said...

Phils signed speedy/no-hit outfielder Willy Taveras to a minor league deal. He's been all over the place in recent years because teams keep giving him a shot, but when he plays he shows why he keeps getting released or traded.

Aaron said...

I predict the phillies score zero runs in the 4 game series and will fall to last place.

ripjgarcia said...

You are 100% right about dangerous territory, and just after 2:30 Selig comes out with a plan to re-examine instant replay in baseball. Ugh.

GM-Carson said...

Count me as a reluctant "no" to expanded replay.