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Stat of the day: facing the Phillies

Aug 29, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

Tom Glavine AP

Last week, I looked at the best and worst from how starters fared against the Yankees over the last five years.  Now, here’s a piece using the Phillies instead.  51 pitchers have started at least five games against them since the beginning of 2007:

Best
Hiroki Kuroda: 2-2, 1.41 ERA (six starts)
Tommy Hanson: 1-2, 2.23 ERA (seven starts)
Adam Wainwright: 2-1, 2.41 ERA (six starts)
Jair Jurrjens: 5-3, 2.45 ERA (11 starts)
Ricky Nolasco: 5-2, 2.59 ERA (nine starts)
Josh Johnson: 4-2, 2.60 ERA (10 starts)
Tim Lincecum: 4-1, 2.61 ERA (nine starts)
Tom Glavine: 3-0, 2.75 ERA (six starts)
John Maine: 2-1, 2.83 ERA (seven starts)
R.A. Dickey: 2-3, 2.90 ERA (five starts)
Tim Redding: 4-3, 2.92 ERA (11 starts)
Chad Billingsley: 1-2, 3.31 ERA (six starts)
Chris Young: 3-1, 3.34 ERA (six starts)
Derek Lowe: 6-5, 3.39 ERA (12 starts)
Tim Hudson: 3-4, 3.44 ERA (12 starts)
Matt Cain: 1-3, 3.48 ERA (five starts)
Jonathan Sanchez: 3-2, 3.48 ERA (six starts)

Worst
Charlie Morton: 1-3, 8.22 ERA (five starts)
Jorge De La Rosa: 0-4, 8.03 ERA (five starts)
Dontrelle Willis: 2-2, 7.00 ERA (five starts)
Ryan Dempster: 1-2, 6.91 ERA (five starts)
Aaron Cook: 0-4, 6.61 ERA (six starts)
Chuck James: 1-1, 6.46 ERA (five starts)
Jason Marquis: 3-5, 6.43 ERA (10 starts)
Todd Wellemeyer: 1-2, 6.38 ERA (five starts)
Jo-Jo Reyes: 0-3, 6.35 ERA (five starts)
Jeff Suppan: 0-3, 6.18 ERA (five starts)
Micah Owings: 2-2, 6.15 ERA (five starts)
Andrew Miller: 0-5, 6.06 ERA (seven starts)

A special dishonorable mention in the worst category goes to John Lannan, or at least the Nationals offense when Lannan is on the mound. The left-hander is 1-12 with a 5.77 ERA in 16 starts against the Phillies.

The pitcher who has faced the Phillies more than anyone over the last five years didn’t make either list. That’s Mike Pelfrey, who has gone 7-6 despite a 5.08 ERA in 18 starts.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    At the risk of pissing off paperlions, I am going to say that I don’t think it is a coincidence that as a Phillies fan, I am very afraid of both the Braves and the Giants. Considering that Hanson, Jurrgens, Lincecum, Cain, Hudson, Lowe, Cain, Sanchez are all on the “Best” list.

    • atlsp - Aug 29, 2011 at 1:54 PM

      And don’t forget Braves “Assistant to the President” Tom Glavine!

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 29, 2011 at 2:18 PM

        Nah, Glavine will always get a pass from me for September 30, 2007

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN200709300.shtml

        1/3 IP, 5 hits, 7 ER, 2 BB.

        Thanks again Tommy!!!

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 29, 2011 at 3:50 PM

        Ahh, such sweet memories. I remember watching them flash the score during the Phillies game.

  2. oikosjeremy - Aug 29, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    What a surprise: good pitchers pitch better against the Phillies than bad pitchers do.

    • professor59 - Aug 29, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      Exactly what I was going to say. In-depth analysis shows that:
      Good pitchers pitch good.
      Bad pitchers get their butts handed to them.

      Plus, junkballers often confound the Phillies.

      Uh, and who the hell is Chuck James?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 29, 2011 at 4:46 PM

        He pitched for the Braves. Had a couple decent years then fell off the map. The Braves thought he was going to be real good. I have no idea if he is still on baseball.

      • abevanderbent - Aug 29, 2011 at 6:54 PM

        Chuck James was a promising starter in the Braves system back around 2006 who never really panned out. He’s in the Twins system as a reliever now, and he’s bounced back and forth between AAA and the majors a few times this year.

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 29, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Lannan also broke Chase Utley’s hand ruining what would have been an MVP season. I believe he also got ejected from that game for hitting Ryan Howard. If memory serves me right, that was his MLB debut.

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