Props to Cole:
I didn't have a lot of confidence going into last night. I thought Hamels would give up a few homers. Thankfully, I was dead wrong. Cole deserves the "king" picture today and big 'ol congratulations from WSBGMs -Way to go Ol' Girl Parts!
I'm not being ungrateful for a Phillies win, but I have to complain a little.
First, Vance Worley, a starting pitcher, is the choice to come into game three of the NLDS in the 7th inning? That is a huge sign that this 'pen is garbage right now. Or maybe more accurately, it is a huge sign that Charlie doesn't have any confidence in the bullpen right now.
Antonio Bastardo gets one batter (successfully) then is removed for Brad Lidge? Odd. I'm guessing Charlie didn't want Barstardo to face right-handed Matt Holiday. But righties only hit .139 against Bastardo. (Lefties hit .145) By contrast, righties hit .317 versus Lidge this season. Is this a classic example of Charlie favoring experience to talent in clutch situations.
Thank God the Cardinals led the league in GIDP this season and continued that trend when it mattered most in the post-season. [The Cardinals had 169 GIDP this year. The Pirates were second at 123. The D-backs had the lowest, 82.]
One More Complaint:
Can somebody take a pitch? Please. For the first time this season I was wishing for Jayson Werth and his "my at-bat doesn't begin until I have two strike" approach.
When Will Their Luck Change?
I'm sure you all followed the internet wide debate the last few days where one group of losers tried to statistically prove luck while another group of losers empirically tried to prove suck. Compelling, right? Well, the bad luck/good suck continued for the Phillies last night. Consider:
- Phillies bullpen BABIP last night - .447.
- Cole Hamels BABIP last night - .333.
- Cardinals bullpen BABIP last night - .167.
- "Jamie" Garcia BABIP last night - .217.
- Ryan Howard's average on balls in play last night - .000.
- Albert Pujols' average on balls in play last night - .800.
[I hope everyone realizes that the above stats were provided as evidence of... nothing. I'm just trying to provoke the radicals and have a little laugh. But, I would like to point out three things about BABIP:
1) It is ridiculous that home runs are omitted completely from BABIP. Poof! Gone. Like they never happened. And it severely affects the outcome. And the argument that they should be out because the "fielders can't catch them" is totally garbage. They're out because it jacks with the numbers. Take the aforementioned Albert Pujols. His BABIP is .311. The stat nuts smile and say, "See. Right around .300, just like we said." Except, if you add the homers, which I'm pretty sure are balls in play, his BABIP would be .365. Even worse, Ryan Howard's BABIPwH would be .397.
2) If the pitchers don't have control over BABIP, then why are there zero pitchers in the Hall of Fame with a BABIP over .300?
3) The majority of LOOGYs (you know, lefty one-out guys) hold left handed batters to a lower BABIP compared to right handed batters. That isn't luck, is it?]
Want To Watch The Benny Fran Home Runs Swing Repeatedly?
Yeah, I thought you did. Enjoy.