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Efficient Burnett Helps Phillies to Win Over Padres

AJ Burnett shook off a few ugly starts to pitch 7+ innings, leading the Phillies to a 5-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Good Burnett

-All year it has been Jekyll and Hyde with AJ Burnett. Tonight, we got the proper version. Burnett needed just 89 pitches to throw 7 1/3 innings, a breeze by his standards. He allowed just two runs while striking out three and walking two. I’d caution, however; the Padres aren’t good.

-Jake Diekman came in and lit up the gun. He hit 100 mph once, much to the delight of the crowd. Ken Giles who?

-Jonathan Papelbon closed it out, but not before loading the bases and throwing 28 pitches. Jayson Stark said on our Monday show that execs around the league have no idea how he’s getting by with his stuff. Wonder if there will be a market for him?

It was also career save No. 300 for Paps.

Byrd Flies

-Marlon Byrd hit his 10th home run of the year, a three-run blast in a four-run fourth inning. Consider me shocked that Marlon has become a bit of a power hitter.

-Three other Phillies (Revere, Utley, and Howard) posted two hits a piece.

Clever Jimmy

-Great play by Jimmy Rollins in the 8th inning to dodge a tag by Evereth Cabrera, which allowed Chase Utley to make it to first base. The Phillies didn’t score, but I was very much a fan of that heads up play. Jimmy doesn’t get enough credit for things like that. If that were Chase, it would have been the smartest, bestest play ever.




  1. Andrew from waldorf

    June 11, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Winner winner
    chicken dinner.

    Attendance announced at over 31,000. ?????

    How many tickets are given away?

    Why even have attendance numbers?

    Why not 300 000??

    Or 3 million per game?

    • schmenkman

      June 11, 2014 at 7:39 am

      It’s paid attendance, not butts in seats. Always has been. For every team. It’s paid attendance that pays the bills, whether they show up or decide to avoid the traffic and stay dry in their family rooms.

      Season tickets provide a floor for paid attendance numbers, and a cushion even when people don’t actually go the games. The problem comes when it’s time to renew those season tickets, and people who haven’t been going to the games will decide to not renew if they don’t think that next year will be better.

    • Lefty

      June 11, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Why do you care about attendance? I don’t get it, is it a status symbol thing with you? So they don’t sell out anymore, so what? Name a major league team in last pace that does? They already spend too much, so now they’ll spend less right? Isn’t that what you want anyway?

      I like the fact that I can get decent seats wherever I want now, but that’s just me I guess.

      • wbramh

        June 11, 2014 at 1:14 pm

        Lefty – Re: “I like the fact that I can get decent seats wherever I want now, but that’s just me I guess.”

        Agree. Now I can not only find tickets but can also afford to take my 3-year-old grandson to his first game. He loves watching televised games with me and is a big Chooch fan… but only because he thinks Chooch is Spiderman.

        A $1 dollar parking day combined with .15 cent hot dogs would also be welcome… and a free Bob McClure bobblehead for all children under 16-years-old.

    • Scotty Ingerton

      June 11, 2014 at 11:35 am

      The people with tickets who stay home aren’t paying for parking and concessions, so in the end it still affects the Phillies’ revenue stream. In this case, it’s a good thing because it will ultimately speed up the march to the end of Amaro’s reign of ineptitude.

      I agree about the other benefit…grabbing $90 seats for $30 on StubHub is a great perk for those still attending games!

  2. Bruce

    June 11, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Nice win. The offensive combination of Utley, Howard and Byrd clicked tonight just the way the Phillies had planned before the season. Ideally, Brown would be included but is such a disappointment. Of course, the problem is the need for consistency. Let’s hope the Phillies can get well against a team that is worst in hitting for average.

    In getting “well”, there is good news from the Associated Press on the injury reports. Cliff Lee could start throwing soon as he reported no pain with the elbow. Cody Asche will start a rehab assignment this weekend. Also MRI showed Mike Adams doesn’t have a torn labrum. he will get a cortisone shot and expects to return after a stint on the DL

    Finally, congratulations to Papelbon on his 300th career save, becoming just the 26th pitcher to reach that mark He now has 14 consecutive saves and lower his ERA to 1.48. This season Papelbon has mixed in more off speed pitches with his fast ball in keeping the hitters off balance. He has become a crafty finesse pitcher. I’m looking forward to seeing him in the All-Star game.

    A note to Pat Gallen, PN writer; Why are you “shocked’? Byrd was doing the same thing for the Mets last season. It’s no secret that he does have power and now the Phillies are benefiting from him.

  3. Carlos

    June 11, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Butts in the seats would be way better than”paid”attendance,but point taken.
    It’s a win and that’s a good thing,enjoy them,there won’t be many.

  4. Lefty

    June 11, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Revere is starting to hit with more power. It looked like that double was close to the top of the wall. Hope that’s a trend, with his speed, gap power power would make him a real threat. ( or trade piece)

    • Scotty Ingerton

      June 11, 2014 at 11:39 am

      He’s still a guy that should not be in center. You may be able to hide him in LF if they ever acquired an accomplished centerfielder.

    • wbramh

      June 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      I just don’t know where Ben Revere fits in for any team unless he can strengthen his arm – and arm strength is largely personal mechanics over muscle. I think that one glaring weakness will always haunt Revere. Good coaching could certainly improve his route-taking, bunting prowess and walk ratio but it appears that coach is not sitting in the Phillies’ dugout.

      He’d probably be the team’s best for-average contact hitter coming off the bench but what a waste of speed and potential defense. I hope some coach on some team can turn Ben into a more complete player. Hard not to pull for him to succeed even if it’s with Wally Joyner in Detroit.

      • photoFred

        June 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm

        At a mere 26 years old, inexpensive, and sporting that attractive batting average, you’d think some team somewhere would see potential and not just the shortcomings.

      • wbramh

        June 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm

        Right now I see Ben as a poor man’s Juan Pierre. Not quite the base stealer, not quite the OBP or power, arguably comparable in the outfield. I suppose if Ben raises his OBP and base stealing (and learns to bunt) he could survive in the league for a decent period of time. I think he could use a personal coach – or any coach. I’m not convinced any of these guys are being properly trained, on the major or minor league level.

  5. Lefty

    June 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm


    Can you help me understand the feature on BBRef when you hover over FIP and it gives you an ERA – FIP= Diff number? I’m having trouble understanding it. Is a negative number bad or good?

    • schmenkman

      June 12, 2014 at 7:12 am

      I can’t find that, but if ERA – FIP is positive (i.e. ERA is higher), it means that the pitcher’s results in terms of runs allowed are worse than what we would estimate based on his fielding-independent stats alone, which he can most control (BB, K, HR).

      So maybe there is bad fielding behind him, or just bad luck in hits falling in, or the sequencing of hits may be unfortunate, for example if more HRs or other hits than usual came with runners on base or in scoring position.

      • Lefty

        June 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

        You don’t see a box when when you hover over the FIP in any single year?


        Anyway thanks, that helps.

      • schmenkman

        June 12, 2014 at 10:36 am

        Aah, I thought you meant over the heading. I hadn’t noticed that before.

        So they show a positive difference (i.e. ERA higher than FIP) in green, which I guess indicates they may have pitched better than what their ERA says.

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