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Game 108. 2/3 done. Yanks at .500

Yankee Stadium Frieze

2/3 of the season is over, and the Yanks are dead even at .500 at 54-54. They haven’t varied much from that .500 line all season long.

One thing we have seen from Nathan Eovaldi this season is this: the tendency to give up HR (he leads the team in that) and the tendency to pitch well, but have that one bad inning that bites him.

He had that tonight.

Eovaldi went 7 innings, and gave up 5 hits, but two of them were HR. Of the five hits he gave up, three were in the same inning, two of them were HR, costing him 4 runs, and that was the game.

Other than that he was OK, but that is like asking Mrs. Lincoln, other that the assassination, how did you like the play?

But that is Eovaldi. So frustrating.

Eovaldi gave up a solo HR to Ex-Yank Kelly Johnson in the fifth, and after his own fielding indecision cost him, gave up a 3-run HR to Jay Bruce.

Meanwhile, Ex-Yank Bartolo Colon owned the Yanks, and the Mets won 4-1.

The Yanks’ only run came in the seventh on a double by Gary Sanchez and an RBI single by Aaron Hicks.

Eovaldi (L, 9-8, 4.80) 7 IP, 4 R, 5H, 2 walks, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3 hits, 2HR, all 4 runs–same inning. Sigh.

Warren 1 IP. 0 R,  1 H, 0 Walks, 1 K. 5.18 (Cubs/NYY)

Swarzak 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 5.16.


Sometimes I wonder if this is all you get from Eovaldi and Pineda. (To quote the Peggy Lee song, Is That All there is?) If so, it’s not good enough.

Meanwhile, the A-Rod situation is getting embarrassing. He doesn’t play. The Yanks have basically a $27MM man (his salary for the rest of this year plus 2017) who does nothing but sit on the bench. Girardi is managing one man short. A-Rod doesn’t play, doesn’t PR or PH, can’t play the field.

If that is the case, please cut him and eat the $27MM. I know it’s a lot of money to eat, but this is getting embarrassing.

Of course, it would be easier if A-Rod did what Mike Schmidt of the Phillies did in 1989—-accept that he was done, and retire mid season.

But there is that $6MM bonus for hitting #700…. and Alex is just 4 homers short. But if he isn’t playing, you wonder IF, not WHEN he will get those four homers.

It’s sad. It reminds me so much of Willie Mays, 1973 or Steve Carlton in the late 1980s, where everyone knew the player was done and should pack it in, except that great player himself.

Luis Severino will start Tuesday against Boston. Chad Green was sent back to AAA, and Johnny Barbato brought up.

Some local writers get an F in history.

First off, let me say this. I mean NO disrespect to Robin Roberts’ memory in this post.

After all, he was the second greatest righty pitcher in Phillies history.

That is right. Second greatest.

Unfortunately, if you read a lot of articles in my local area (I live about 60 miles from Philadelphia), they list him as the greatest righty pitcher in Phillies history, lefty Steve Carlton being the greatest.

Sorry, but I feel like a history lesson is needed here.  I won’t touch on Carlton, who I consider the second greatest pitcher  in Phillies history. That is right. Second.  

Let me give you some stats. I’ll give the Phillies years only.  

In a previous post, I commented on Roberts. 1950-1955. Let me give Roberts’ Phillies stats. First, his home ballpark. Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium (click on the link). It should take you to a diagram of the ballpark in 1956, when Roberts was 30 but on the way down. Nice dimensions. 334 down the line in LF, 329 in RF (with the spite fence). 447 to straightaway CF. It used to be 468 but was cut to 447 at that time (410 later). Back in 1956 the batting cage would be stored there.  Bold indicates league leader.

1948. 7-9, 3.19
1949 15-15, 3.69
1950 20-11, 3.02    304.1 IP 
1951 21-15, 3.03    315 IP
1952 28-7,   2.59    330 IP
1953 23-16  2.75    346.2 IP
1954 23-15  2.97    336.2 IP
1955 23-14  3.28    305 IP
1956 19-18  4.45    297.1 IP
1957 10-22  4.07    249.2 IP
1958  17-14, 3.24   269.2 IP
1959  15-17, 4.27   257.1 IP
1960 12-16,  4.02   237.1 IP
1961  1-10,   5.85   117 IP

14 years 234-199. Averages to roughly 17-14, 3.46. ERA+ 114. 

Now the guy I consider the  #1 pitcher in Phillies history. First, a look at the ballpark he pitched in. The Baker Bowl, which was an absolute joke. Click on the link. Notice something that seems to be missing? Like RF? How would you like to be a righty pitcher pitching there? Yet this righty put up THESE numbers. Granted it was the dead ball era. But look at that RF (or lack of it) again.

1911 28-13   2.57  367 IP         
1912 19-17   2.81  310.1 IP
1913 22-8,   2.79   306.1 IP
1914 27-15  2.38    355 IP
1915  31-10  1.22   376.1 IP   12 shutouts
1916  33-12  1.55   389 IP      A record never to be broken: 16 shutouts.
1917  30-13  1.83   388 IP 
1930  0-3      9.14 at the end of his career. 

Grover Cleveland Alexander. I didn’t list all the years he led the league in shutouts because it was the dead ball era. But he also led the league in 1911 (7), 1913 (9) and 1917 (8) while with the Phillies. Take a look at that lack of RF again.

In those 7 seasons of 1911-1917, Old Pete averaged 27 wins a year. ERA 2.18 or so. About 27-13, 2.18. Yes, dead ball era, but 27-13,  2.18 to Roberts’ 17-14,  3.46. Even if you add a run to Alexander’s ERA (adjustment from dead ball to modern era) and cut the # of decisions down to 31 as Roberts had (but keep the same winning pct.), Alexander would be 21-10, 3.18. Still better.

Hard to compare across eras. Roberts ERA+ (compared to his era) 114. Alexander’s compared to his? 135.  

For the sake of comparison, let’s look at Carlton.  Of course, Carlton had the ugly Vet to pitch in. While Alexander and Roberts broke in as Phillies, Carlton didn’t. He was in his prime, 27, when he Phils got him in a trade with the Cardinals after the 1971 season. Carlton’s 1972 was unbelievable. 27 wins for a team that won just 59. Carlton won four CYA’s. There were no Cy Young awards in Alexander’s time (Alexander’s rookie year was Young’s last), and Roberts’ last really great year was in 1955, the year Young died. The CYA wasn’t instituted until 1956.  

1972 27-10, 1.97   346.1 IP (8 shutouts, but did not lead the league). CYA
1973 13-20, 3.90   293.1 IP
1974 16-13, 3.22   291 IP
1975 15-14, 3.56   255.1 IP
1976 20-7    3.13   252.2 IP
1977 23-10  2.64   283 IP  CYA
1978 16-13, 2.84   247.1 IP
1979 18-11  3.62   251 IP
1980 24-9    2.34   304 IP  CYA (I believe the last pitcher to pitch 300 innings in a season.)
1981 13-4    2.42   190 IP (strike year cost 1/3 the season. At that pace? 19-6, 275 IP?)
1982 23-11  3.10   295.2 IP  CYA
1983 15-16  3.11   283.2 IP
1984 13-7    3.58   229 IP
1985 1-8      3.33   92 IP (missed about 1/2 the year. Nice ERA. Not nice record).
1986 4-8      6.18    83 IP    Phils released him about halfway into the season.

241-161 as a Phillie. 3.09 ERA, ERA+ 120.      Roughly 18-12 a year, 3.09.


Alexander (granted, dead ball era, whites only) 27-13, 2.18; In a park 280 down the line in RF, 300-320 in RCF. 373 career wins.
Carlton 18-12, 3.09. Full integration. 330 down the line in LF, 371 to LCF. 329 career wins.

Roberts 17-14, 3.46. Integrating slowly (the Phils first black player wasn’t until 1957, and look at the link. 5/1/51, the same day Mantle hit his first HR—against the White Sox, was the same day that the White Sox got their first black player in Minnie Minoso). 329 down the line. Normal dimensions to RCF (400 sign more towards the CF than direct RCF).  286 career wins.

For my money, Alexander is still #1. It’s too bad many Phillies writers seem to think Phillies’ history began with the Whiz Kids of 1950 and don’t know or look up history.

Grover Cleveland Alexander
Still the Phils #1 pitcher in my book.




Glavine officially retires.

MLB.com is reporting that Tom Glavine is going to officially announce his retirement and take a job with the Braves.

The HOF now beckons for the savvy lefty who won 305 games in his career, including two CYAs. His last MLB year was 2008, so he will be on the same ballot with long-time teammate Greg Maddux. How appropo that they would go in together, much like Mickey and Whitey did in 1974.

Besides his two CYAs, Glavine finished 2nd twice and 3rd twice. He was a 20 game winner on five separate occasions. His 3.54 ERA meant an ERA+ of 118.

In the postseason, Glavine was  14-16 with a 3.30 ERA. He was the MVP of the 1995 WS.

The only lefties to win more games than Glavine were Warren Spahn (363), Steve Carlton (329) and Eddie Plank (326). Glavine (305) wound up with two more wins than Randy Johnson (303), who just retired but who, having played in 2009, goes on the ballot one year after Maddux (the living pitcher with the most wins, 355) and Glavine, and two years after Roger Clemens (354*). Of course, we know the trouble Clemens will have once he gets on.

As a hitter, Glavine hit .186 with 1 HR.  He won four silver sluggers for pitchers.

The active pitcher (and active lefty) with the most career wins as of now is Jamie Moyer with 258. #2 in both categories is Andy Pettitte with 229.