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Phillies Finish Road Trip As Burnett Blows Through D’Backs

To finish off their 10-game road trip to the western United States, the Phillies beat the Diamondbacks, 2-0, behind an impressive performance from A.J. Burnett.


-Burnett was excellent, shutting down Arizona by striking out eight over eight scoreless innings. This is exactly why the Phillies signed him – to be the solid complement to Lee and Hamels that can also dominate from time to time.

-Since being diagnosed with an inguinal hernia – which he said helped shorten his stride and keep his mechanics tighter – Burnett has posted a 0.83 ERA and the Phillies have won all three starts.


-Brandon McCarthy also stifled the opposition, as he sat down 12 batters in seven innings. They got to him for one in the first inning on Chase Utley’s RBI single, and one in the sixth as Utley scored on a throwing error by shortstop Chris Owings.


-The Phillies return home having won six of their last eight games. They’ll open a series on Tuesday against the Mets one game over the .500-mark at 13-12.



  1. Ian Riccaboni

    April 27, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Fun fact: the Phillies are 6-2 since my nephew was born.

  2. bacardipr

    April 27, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I just realized Burnett has never made a All-Star appearance or placed in Cy Young contention. Hmmm…Yes we do need the occasional gem from him to compliment our offense.

  3. betasigmadeltashag

    April 27, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I think Revere is a plus lead off guy even with lack of power and Byrd though streaky an upgrade defensively. I feel this offense will get better as the year goes on. A good road trip. Now the have to beat up on the Mutts.

  4. lefty

    April 27, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Allen James Burnett can be pretty dang good when he is on his game. He put on a great show today.

  5. bacardipr

    April 27, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    If he can up his OBP a bit even better yet. I believe someone like him is essential on our team. We need someone (starter) that can swipe a bag on a consistent basis. Rollins speed at this point is about average. The rest of our offense doesnt steal. Chase will occasionally catch someone sleeping and will swipe on thats about it.

    • Hogey's Role

      April 27, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      I’ve noticed brown has swiped a few bases this year too… I think Sandberg wants to be more aggressive on the bases so I’m sure we’ll see more running too

    • schmenkman

      April 28, 2014 at 3:27 am

      Revere’s OBP would be about 30 points higher if his measly 2.2% walk rate gets back to his (still very low) career average of 5.0% (assuming he maintains his average).

      • schmenkman

        April 28, 2014 at 3:33 am

        *assuming he maintains his batting average.

  6. bacardipr

    April 28, 2014 at 12:12 am

    You have a point Hogey.

  7. Jacob Muran

    April 28, 2014 at 12:31 am

    If I was Sandberg I would move Brown to the 4 hole.. Give Dom the protection of Howard and see if he can go on a tear, it would lengthen the lineup as well since the 8 spot is a complete BLACK HOLE

    • Hogey's Role

      April 28, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Sounds like over-managing to me…

      Besides 4 of your first 5 would be lefties then and you would have 3 in a row, I don’t think that’s a wise choice unless you know the other team doesn’t have a nasty lefty in the pen, which in today’s game is a rarity….

    • crow

      April 28, 2014 at 8:50 am

      No manager in baseball is going to move a guy with a .330 slugging % and a 58.7 groundball rate into the cleanup spot just to get him off the schnide. His numbers are quite literally Reveresque

      • Hogey's Role

        April 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

        Browns power stroke isn’t here yet, but he’s getting on base at a decent clip(.340) and his strikeout to walk ratio (16-9) is pretty respectable at this point, it tells me that he is seeing the ball well, and he’s getting his hits, there just not extra base hits or home runs yet, I’m sure that will all come with some time though…

      • crow

        April 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

        If the issue were as simple as “power stroke” I would probably have your confidence. I think it is less an issue of not finding a stroke than of not being able to figure out how to hit with power the way he is being pitched. Brown is being pitched relentlessly low in the zone, particularly low and away. He’s been somewhat successful in poking balls to the opposite field, but he’s not hitting them with power and that is likely not an accident. Last year he did not hit a single homerun off a strike in the portion of the zone below mid-plane until August; evidently, it’s just not something he does very well. Unfortunately, historically Brown’s best walk and OBP periods tend to be when he’s not hitting with power. I can appreciate the importance of OBP, but Brown has been projected as the best Phillie position player prospect since Utley and Howard. He has to be more than an efficient singles hitter and OBP guy, especially since his defense projects as average at best. At the moment, pitchers seem to be willing to give him what he’s getting, and he has to somehow change that.

  8. Ken Bland

    April 28, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Funny how success can be a relative thing. Here the Phils sit a game over .500, and what feels like (though it’s not) close to a light year behind division leading Atlanta. And Atlanta’s top 2 hitters….well, let’s just say that for all the criticism Ben Revere takes for a low OBP, and Jimmy for anything dealing with his offense, the Braves top 2 hitters probably wouldn’t bat 3-4 for the ’62 Phils.

    But what really drew me into the relativity thing was in comparison to the Twins. Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes used to be names at yur fingertips, Nolasco because he pitched in the division for a lengthy time, and Hughes just because you couldn’t avoid hearing abut Yankees. The Twins are also a game over sea level, and Hughes is the starter with the best ERA of 5.14. Nolasco, who pitched his share of good baseball against some good Phillie lineups is at 6.67. The Twins are a game out of first.

    Just one of no doubt many ironic twists in how teams get to similar bottom lines with vastly different individual components. It’s still early, but as Yogi probably said somewhere along the line, it’s not as early as it used to be.

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