Inside the Winning Streak – Phillies Nation

Inside the Winning Streak

The Phillies 10 game winning streak ended yesterday. It was their longest streak since 1991, a year they won 78 games.

During the streak, the Phillies batted .255 and scored an average of 5.7 runs per game. Their earned run average was 2.46 in that span. The starters had a 2.61 ERA, and the bullpen had a 2.05 ERA. Seven times the Phillies starters lasted 6 or more innings; five times they made it through seven.

Todd Zolecki provided this information about the streak:

◦According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 10-game winning streak is the longest by a defending World Series champion since the 1971 Orioles won 11 consecutive games.

◦The Phillies became the first team in 17 years to win their last five games before the All-Star break and their first first five games after the break. The only other team to do that since 1980 was the 1992 Braves.

◦Since 1986 only four Phillies have had walk-off homers in the 13th inning or later: John Kruk (14th inning, 1993), Todd Pratt (13th inning, 2003), Ryan Howard (14th inning, 2007), and Jayson Werth (13th inning, 2009).

◦Since July 2, the Phillies lead the National League in runs (95), home runs (24), walks (74), on-base percentage (.373), slugging percentage (.489), ERA (2.15) and opponents batting average (.198).

◦The bullpen has allowed only three of 18 inherited runners to score since July 2.

Everything has clicked for the Phillies in the month of July. They are now 14-4 this month.

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  1. kreiderr

    July 23, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Watch out for the Braves! Amarao needs to add a starting pitcher and get a right handed bat off the bench to make sure we don’t pull a reverse ‘Mets’ down the stretch. I really think what happens before July 31st could make or break the season.

  2. Bruce

    July 23, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Ah,ah,ah,ah….The defending world champs have been on a great roll and clicking on all cylinders as they widen their lead over their closest competitors and yet we have posters who make such statements as “.. what happens before July 31st could make or break the season.” (laughing)

  3. Bob

    July 23, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    LOL at make or break. I know I want Halladay and would do whatever to get him, but I also realize that this team can win as it when firing. And we are firing.

  4. beta sigma shag

    July 23, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    It is kind of funny 14-4 in July expanded the lead in the bad NL East, since July under 3 era from starters, and almost all quality starts, but we need a top of the line starter to be a good team. All after one bad day, I know there is a hate for Moyer on here, but the guy has had five good starts and last night was a bad one, is that not what a #5 starter is good for, I mean please, if the D was solid behind him, he might have only given up 3 or 4 runs, and pitched through the 6 inning.
    The one sour note, which is not the end of the world to me, is Chase has looked pretty in the Cubs series, I think he will pull out of it, but as suggested by others in other threads, The Man, might need a day off

  5. Greg B

    July 23, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    How are the starters ERA and the bullpen ERA: 2.61 and 2.05, respectively both smaller than the team ERA of 3.39?

  6. Amanda Orr

    July 23, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Oops, I added it wrong. Its 2.46 my mistake

  7. Eileen

    July 23, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Could we use Halladay,sure we could.Should we give up the core of young
    talent to get him,no.Yes we need a another starter but we can get a quality starter for a lot less then toronto wants for Halladay,especially since he will be a free agent at the end of the year.Does anyone remember the minn.and dallas trade for hershal walker?

  8. Bob

    July 23, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    There is “quality starter” and then there is Roy Freaking Halladay. The Phils would have a couple of years to fill some of the gaps left in the farm.

    And who says the Phils couldn’t sign Halladay for an additional 5-6 years between July 31 and 2010? Who says all of these prospects will be starts?

    There are no guarantees. We are built to win and win now. End of story, get Halladay.

  9. Bob

    July 23, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    * be stars*

  10. Bob

    July 23, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    And no I won’t give up or jump if we don’t land Halladay. I believe in this team but it doesn’t hurt to improve. Especially taking pressure off of Hamels (who has stuggled) and a young Happ (if we keep him).

    This only helps the current players and we still have a pretty deep farm system. Im convinced that the pros outweigh the cons.

  11. kreiderr

    July 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Dodgers Team ERA: 3.57
    Giants Team ERA: 3.60
    Braves Team ERA: 3.75
    Cardinals Team ERA: 3.76
    Cubs Team ERA: 3.80

    All potential playoff opponents

    Phillies? 4.45. 22/30 in the Major Leagues

    Bruce and Bob, if you’re confident going into a playoff series against one of these teams with Hamels (as inconsistent as he has been), Happ (A rookie), and Blanton, then be ready for some major disappointment. Unless winning the NL Least makes you happy, which it might, who knows?

    We’re 14 games over .500 only after beating up on the Mets, Reds, Pirates, and Marlins this month. In the 18 games this month we scored 3 runs or less 6 times or 33%. 4 runs or less 9 times or 50%. And you say we’re “firing?!” The Phillies scored 103 runs in the 18 games this month, but 49 came in four games! Almost 50% of our runs this month came in four games. We had a 10 game winning streak and the Braves are still only 5.5 games out. I’ts so easy to make some cliche’ like “we’re clicking on all cylinders,” but if you take some time and actually analyze what’s happening you’ll see this is not last year’s team. It’s almost August and Hamels has 5 wins! There are holes on this team that need to be filled or it will be a short playoff run and that’s just being realistic. Sorry if reality is too painful for you.

    Making the playoffs is not enough. Not getting a quality front-line starter for this rotation means we don’t make it out of the National League, let alone win the World Series.

  12. Miles

    July 23, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    @kreiderr….don’t lean on stats too much. Too many people on this blog do. I’m fairly confident that if you throw out the first month of the season, when the starters were brutal, that our ERA would be right amongst those of the other teams you mentioned. Plus, you didn’t mention that we score exuberant amounts of runs compared to all of the other teams up there, besides the Dodgers.

    At this point in the season last year we still had Kendrick and some combo of Happ/Eaton in the rotation. It worked out. We will get a pitcher who will be a step up, but we don’t know who it will be at this point. Amaro knows we need one so there is no way the deadline passes without us aquiring Halladay, Bedard, Duke, Penny, etc.

  13. Britt35

    July 23, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    It sucked.Every team has a really good streak and they hit a little bump and recover and i’m hoping the Phils do that.

  14. mikeB

    July 24, 2009 at 4:16 am

    I believe that the Phillies stiffest competition is going to come from Atlanta and San Francisco the remainder of the year as both teams have that special incentive at this particular time in trying to defeat the Phils. Atlanta, with a proven good manager in Bobby Cox and improved pitching, will be the most difficult team for the Phils to beat and I think it is imperative for the Phils to come up with a dependable top-of-the-line pitcher for the rotation if they want to make an impact in the remaining games in the series against them.

  15. Bob

    July 24, 2009 at 8:25 am

    @K Reid,

    If you read I want Halladay, but I am certainly confident in this group against any team in any series, especially if the bullpen is in line. I am a bit worried about Lidge but I trust him to get right when it counts.

    You talk about the Giants and Dodgers. Well the Giants can’t hit (we can), the LA bullpen is getting worn out because Torre is using them too much.

    I think this Phillies team has earned our confidence, Halladay or no Halladay. I remember the same crap about the pitching matchups. We heard it from the NLCS on. And it didn’t matter. Nothing is guaranteed, but we know this team has what it takes to do this again.

    And yes, 14 of 16 is firing. I don’t care who they played, you can only beat who is in front of you. This isn’t the BCS.

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