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Thursday, December 11, 2008

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I like his name...

We're defending World Series champs, anything Amaro decides to do is fine with me because he gets an automatic 1 year grace period. Sign Raul Ibanez- genius! Trade Carrasco for Atkins- stupendous. Re-sign Jamie Moyer for 5 years 99.99MM- bargin! In Amaro I trust.

*click*- sound of my sarcasm meter being switched off.

If the Phillies sign Ibanez for 3/33 instead of bringing back Burrell at the same number (assuming he can;t get a better deal elsewhere) then I have to conclude that the FOs problem with Burrell is personal, and not baseball related.

I miss Campaign Cheer. Shame it didn't work.

Signing Ibanez has the added bonus of hamstringing us budget wise for 3 years and blocking out OF prospects.

Yea how ironic. Campaign cheer when you should boo. Now those same people want to boo Amaro when you should cheer because he helped put together a championship team. Now that's amazing.

We can do much worse than Ibanez in LF, but the negatives just outweigh the positives, for me. I'd be much more comfortable if they just resigned Burrell for a little more money and a shorter contract.

mvptommyd: I think signing Ibanez, given the available alternatives and this team's needs, would be a mistake.

Does that make me a bad fan?

One of my biggest issues about this is giving up yet more high draft picks. Our farm system might be better, but it's still slightly above average at best, which is being kind.

Nobody is booing Amaro, we just don't want Ibanez. Stop your faux moralistic whining. Just because we don't agree with what he is doing doesn't mean we support the team any less than you.

We're only losing the 30th pick overall...we'll still have our 2nd round pick and our comp picks from Burrell...oh sh!t.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this deal ain't happening. It just makes no sense, for all the reasons stated. Plus we've got our own manager saying that the team needs a right-handed bat.

I am agree but if burrell isn't able to happen I like the thought of ibanez ONLY if he can hit in the 6 spot. If they are looking for a 5 hole hitter and can not get burrell I like dunn.

Why do we need another lefthanded hitting outfielder? Why do we need a 36 year old tied up for 3 years at a contract that will be impossible to move? Why is Amaro on CSN last night saying we need to get "more athletic" and younger as reasons not to sign Burrell and we move on Ibanez?

What happens to Jenkins and Stairs then?

"Just because we don't agree with what he is doing doesn't mean we support the team any less than you."

Who is this new rjm guy? I like him.

i dont know why you guys are so against Ibeanez he hits lefties better than he hits righties, and likea poster said before he hits well with RISP

@bap: Exactly, it just doesn't make sense.

to sam: NO HE DOESN'T!!!

Look at every year but last year where he had an ungodly .351 BABIP against lefties. He is not nearly the same hitter against lefties for his career. He got "lucky" last year as his BABIP split shows.

The whole thing isn't about being a better fan. I just don't think if things do not go idealing and we start our slow. The fans that are at the park should break out any boo birds what so ever like some people here suggested. As if last year ever happened.

I propose a bill simmons type ban of booing like in boston after they won their first one.

NEPP!

Damn you and your infuriating statistics. This is no time for facts!

mvptommyd: You're crazy if you think Boston fans suddenly stopped booing because the blowhard Bill Simmons suggested it.

he plays on the m's right?

~hangs head~

Sorry CJ, I'll stop.

Well if your concerned about jenkins then play him in left. I think again their best option is burrell.

@mvptommyd: Forget the booing, you're right, we shouldn't boo them, especially if its not an issue of effort, World Series or not. But that doesn't mean we have to blindly agree with everything Ruben does. Everybody will support Ibanez if he comes here, it's just that most people on BL feel that there are better options.

dude nepp 23 homers and 110 rbi is preety good

@mvptommyd: Forget the booing, you're right, we shouldn't boo them, especially if its not an issue of effort, World Series or not. But that doesn't mean we have to blindly agree with everything Ruben does. Everybody will support Ibanez if he comes here, it's just that most people on BL feel that there are better options.

I'm a Hamels guy--I think he's the Steve Malkmus of pitching. But his comments were impolitic and will only make a Met's div. title, should they win it, all the more bitter.

Sam, its not his overall numbers, its his numbers against lefties for his career, which suck. We already have a bunch of guys that kill righties (Rollins, Howard, Utley, Werth, Dobbs) we need a righty bat.

@sam: I don't think anybody denies that he is a good ballplayer, we just don't want to be killed by lefties.

Some of the readers of this board may "express very little support" of Raul Ibanez but I'd venture to say that some of these ney-sayers have never seen him play while others are Pat Burrel fans who would rather see Burrel resigned than just about any other alternative.

It is true that Ibanez is a left-handed hitter but he hits both left-handed and right-handed pitching very well. You can argue his right vs left splits, but when you watch this guy at the plate, you immediately see that he knows the difference between left and right-handed pitching and how to handle the difference.

It is also true that he is 36 years old but he is a 36 year old who hit .293 with 110 RBIs this past year and a 36 year old who, throughout his entire career, has risen to the occasion with runners on base. Over his career, he is a .305/.380/.493/.873 hitter with RISP.

The Phils left too many runners on base last year and many of them were stranded by Pat Burrel. Ibanez knows what to do with runners on base, and if he does it in Philly as well as he's done it in Seattle, the Phils are going to win a lot of games they lost in 2008 by 1 or 2 runs.

Like many readers, I would prefer to be having this discussion about Ramirez or Ludwick, but they are not available for $11 a year as we speak. Even Burrel wants at least $14 a year to return. Other teams who are willing to spend more money than the Phils are starting to scoff up talent. Ibanez will not last long on the open market and the Phils need to start doing something to start improving over the 2008 team. Staus quo will not be enough to repeat as world champs when everyone else is improving.

I'd say sign Ibanez right now and be glad you were able to acquire one of the premier slugging outfielders and clutch hitters in the game today for a very reasonable price.

Cj: no not at all. But I think that after they won the mood definitely changed in that ballpark the year after. Even in the news. I actually do not think they even did much that offseason and no one complained for the most part.I remember going to a couple games that year in fenway and people were just so happy to be defending champs.

But not here there are always the knuckleheads that are never happy.

not be sarcastic, who is your guys first choice, except for bat

Who the hell is talking about booing? Certainly not me. I dislike what Rube has or better yet, hasn't done so far, but I won't boo him. Even if he did sign Ibanez, which I wouldn't agree with, I'd still root for Ibanez. I will still cheer ("campaign cheer") my ass off for this team no matter what, but that doesn't mean I'll blind accept everything that Ruben does is golden.

Raul Ibanez career numbers vs lefties:

AB: 1270
H: 340
2B: 66
3B: 7
HR: 34
AVG: .268
OBP: .322
SLG: .411
OPS: .733
OPS+: 80

He has had 1, say it again, 1 good year against lefties in his entire career. It happened to be last year where his BABIP highly suggests it was more luck than any magical "adjustment" he suddenly made at Age 36.

He DOES NOT hit lefties and righties equally well.

mvptommyd: You seem to be easily confused. You can disagree with an off-season strategy and still be very happy about winning a World Series. You can disagree with a potential signing or trade but not later boo the team. I'm not sure why you've decided to paint everyone with such a large brush. It's not very becoming and it makes you out to be a big of a jacka**. If you've been around here at all, you know that I'm one of the most positive people on this list... but that doesn't mean I have to blindly support was Amaro does.

Ibanez in 2007 vs. lefties: .650 OPS good for 77th overall among outfielders with at least 100 PAs that year.

So which is the real Ibanez versus lefties?

The Rockies have reportedly offered Garett Atkins for Carlos Carrasco. Atkins would definitely help the Phils but Carrasco may be a tad too high of an asking price for someone the Rockies have been trying to unload for some time. Atkins for Kendrick straight up might be a fairer price, as might Atkins for Donald, or Atkins, Taveras and Torrealba for Kendrick, Donald and Paulino.

What might be a better alternative is acquiring Ty Wigginton who the Astros might be willing to trade for Eric Bruntlett. The Astros have money problems and have considered non-tendering Wigginton, not by choice but by economic necessity. It probably wouldn't be that hard to take Wigginton off Ed Wade's hands and the Phils would be a much stronger team for it.

But that's my point CJ. He hasn't done anything yet. No one has except the yanks and mets. Every guy is still out there negotiating except 2 big guys that we weren't going to get or need anyway. That's my point, I think people are just antsy and want something to happen.so how can you not want to sit blind when there hasn't been anything to even complain about yet.

Difference in BABIP from 07 to 08 vs lefties for Ibanez:

2007: .298
2008: .351

Hmmm, I can't figure it out.

Amaro laughed in their face on that Atkins trade and rightfully so. Carrasco is a ridiculously high price for Garrett Atkins.

@Sam: Well, I'd consider Young, even if it meant losing Donald. I realize he brings a lot of baggage. I don't really know what trades are available.

There is no doubt that we could do much worse than Ibanez, I like that he wants to come here too. Some of it may be for sentimental reasons but, I feel, PTB is our best option.

mvp: No one criticized Amaro. We've spent almost the entire day talking about a hypothetical scenario that hasn't even happend yet -- namely, signing Raul Ibanez. Most of us said that, if the Phillies do that, it's a stupid signing. But you took the position that it can't possibly be a bad move because we're world champions & everything that Ruben Amaro does must necessarily be right.

@NEPP

Bapip is not a good metric to measure batters by...its more useful and accurate with respect to pitchers.

Doesn't Raul have inverse splits? I thought he hit lefties well.

What are you talking about Sam? BABIP is definitely a good stat to use for batters. Especially when the suck for their entire career against lefties and suddenly seem to improve in that area at Age 36. The fact that we see a huge unsustainable BABIP that same year against lefties merely confirms that it isn;t likely to happen again.

Its one of BP's favorite stats for predicting future performance in hitters.

And no he doesnt have reverse splits for his career, he did have them in 08 though.

@Sam: He hit them well last year, but before that, no.

lets say if he was a righty how much more would you want him?

If he were a righty and hit lefties really well like Burrell, he'd be perfect.

Interesting comparison of career ops+ v RHP and LHP:

paulino - 81 RHP (822 PA), 156 LHP (288 PA)
werth - 88 RHP (1114 PA), 126 LHP (497 PA)
victorino - 97 RHP (1014 PA), 117 LHP (518 PA)
feliz - 96 RHP (2533 PA), 112 LHP (428 PA)
rollins - 98 RHP (4267 PA), 105 LHP (1520 PA)
utley - 103 RHP (1915 PA), 93 LHP (970 PA)
ruiz - 103 RHP (673 PA), 89 LHP (207 PA)
howard - 119 RHP (1358 PA), 62 LHP (808 PA)


burrell - 92 RHP (3998 PA), 123 LHP (1390 PA)
wigginton - 92 RHP (2168 PA), 122 LHP (827 PA)
derosa - 92 RHP (2113 PA), 120 LHP (867 PA)
baldelli - 93 RHP (1368 PA), 118 LHP (508 PA).
rivera - 99 RHP (1250 PA), 101 LHP (650 PA)
dunn 107 RHP (3243 PA), 86 LHP (1506 PA)
ibanez - 107 RHP (3913 PA), 80 LHP (1388 PA)

After reviewing this comparison, I don't see why we can't sign a productive full-time LH LF. Yes, Howard can't hit LHP and Burrell is a dominant batter v. LHP, but 4 starters (Werth, Victorino, Rollins and Feliz) are good hitters against LHP. Plus, Paulino is a nice sub against LHP. In addition, Utley isn't awful v LHP. Moreover, more SP's are RHP. Final point - Ibanez is not the hitter that Burrell is, but he is productive.

Doc: I'd rather take my chances with Paulino than have Torrealba as a back-up. The guy is well known for not being very good at throwing out base stealers. When our biggest competitors in the division have guys who like to run (Reyes, Wringht, Beltran, Ramirez) I'd rather have a backstop who has a shot of throwing them out.

I have preached patience this off-season, and will continue to do so. If we've learned anythign the past few off-seasons it's that little moves don't look like much, but as a part of the whole package they make a difference.

However, I will say chasing Ibanez and the supposed interest is really strange. He doesn't fit a need this team has and isn't even treading water in left field. It's an easy regression.

@MAS: Geez, Howard is absolutely brutal against LHP. The numbers are surprising for the rest of the team.

Flyers are killing me right now.

NEPP - Thank you for debunking the totally bogus argument that Ibanez hits LHP well. He is average at best from both a power perspective and an AVG perspective.

For all of the arguments about Ibanez, I still want to bring up the point that is not that much of an upgrade in the OF from Burrell range-wise and his arm is weaker. Put frankly Ibanez stinks defensively too and you want to sign him to a 3-yr deal?

Same for speed too. This guy is nearly slow as Burrell and can't score from 2nd on a single anymore. Same from 1B to 3B on a single.

At best, Ibanez keeps up the production for another year before he begins to decline and the Phils are largely left with an albatross of a contract in the file year or so.

Doc: I'd rather take my chances with Paulino than have Torrealba as a back-up. The guy is well known for not being very good at throwing out base stealers. When our biggest competitors in the division have guys who like to run (Reyes, Wringht, Beltran, Ramirez) I'd rather have a backstop who has a shot of throwing them out.

I have preached patience this off-season, and will continue to do so. If we've learned anythign the past few off-seasons it's that little moves don't look like much, but as a part of the whole package they make a difference.

However, I will say chasing Ibanez and the supposed interest is really strange. He doesn't fit a need this team has and isn't even treading water in left field. It's an easy regression.

Ibanez won't be a bad signing if he can keep of his current level of production for at least the next two years. The issue is that I highly doubt that.

Doc: Jason put a link above on Ibanez's stats. Click on the link and check out his career stats vs. LHP. Then, when you actually know what you're talking about, come back here and post.

Stupid double post

According to MLBTradeRumors, the Halos are gunning for Ibanez now too...assuming Teixiera goes somewhere else. I assume he'd be a DH for them as they already have a bunch of outfielders.

Best scenario is that Ibanez hits in the No. 6 and provides a better contact hitter next year if they sign him with a slight drop off in power from Burrell. He really isn't a defensive upgrade or any better on the basepaths.

At worst, he begins to hit the wall next year and the Phils are left with a defensive liability who hits for AVG but has diminishing power and doesn't help them against LHP.

Ibanez as a full-time DH makes much more sense. He has the same issues that Burrell does - liability in the field and on the basepaths.

Clout hit the nail on head - better to resign Burrell to a 2-yr deal at a higher dollar figure then sign Ibanez to a 3-yr deal at nearly similiar dollars and have to give up a 1st round pick.

Still boils down to the fact that the Phils should have offered arbitration to Burrell. At worst, he would have gotten a very modest raise given his high salary next year if he had accepted. At worst, the Phils would have gotten the picks and could have gone with a lower-cost alternative.

You kind of answered your own question there MG. To quote MItch Hedberg, "This is like some kind of weird quiz where you give me the answer before you ask the question."

Even if you could make the argument that Ibanez is serviceable in left that gives you three aging left-handers in the outfield which doesn't make sense to me.

As opposed to that move I'd rather they trade Carrasco for Atkins and then create a Dobbs/Feliz/Atkins platoon between the two spots. That would be crazy but it would be a better option than just adding Ibanez

Wait a minute...you'd rather they trade Carrasco for Atkins rather than sign Ibanez? Are you out of your freaking mind?

Too late NEPP- you agreed with me.

I'd rather trade Happ but I think the market is bigger for Carrasco. Ibanez is a move that hurts down the road. I don't think losing Carrasco hurts as bad.

But the choice between signing Ibanez and the hypothetical I presented is akin to would I rather die by being poisoned or being shot.

How many years does Atkins have remaining?

****Too late NEPP- you agreed with me.****

I actually agreed with MG.

Losing Carrasco hurts a ton as he's one of our few cheap pitching options ready in the minors....that's a lot to lose.

It seems like a strange argument, but couldn't it be argued that the Phillies need a batter who can hammer RHP more than one who hits LHP? Per the chart above, if C is platooned, then you have 5 of 7 plus hitters v. LHP and only 3 of 7 plus hitters v. RHP. Plus you face more RHP during the year. Might it not make some sense to sign a RH batter to pinch hit for late in the game when the Loogy's are brought in? Also, while it's clear that age is against Ibanez, we don't really know the contract terms discussed, and, even if we did, it's not like he hasn't been consistent.

The hot pursuit for tylenol made me laugh out loud. That was good stuff.

It really all depends on context. The Phils won the World Series and their plan last year worked. It seems plausible that you would attempt to equal the same production. So, if Ibanez is signed and Burrell walks, then the hope is that the Phils save money that can be used to further bolster the team in other areas.

Have you ever thought about the fact that the left handed batter's box is actually on the right side of the field and the right handed batter's box is actually on the left side of the field. ?

Hamels comment will stoke the Mets-Phils rivalry just a bit more which is a good thing. Professional sports is at its best when you have a natural rivalry due to geography/division setup and the two teams go neck-and-neck for a few years.

http://www.lookoutlanding.com/2008/11/21/667379/projecting-raul-ibanez

Interesting analysis of Ibanez. Basically Ibanez is nearly as horrendous a defender as Burrell. Maybe even as poor.

"On the free agent market, teams spend about $4.8m per one win. So Raul Ibanez, at his unlikely absolute very best, is about a $10m player in 2009. Meanwhile, Raul Ibanez the Marcel projection is more like a $5m player in 2009. He is then, of course, expected to continue declining in 2010 and 2011."

Since Amaro admitted the Phils don't even have a full-time statistician on the team anyway, I am pretty sure they place little creedance in this kind of stats-based analysis.

Phils would almost certainly be better off with a right-handed discount option if LF next year who was very solid defensively and commit those freed up dollars to acquire a solid starter.

I would love to see the Mets though sign Ibanez to a 3-yr deal and forgo signing a very solid starter instead.

This place is becoming more like metsblog.

The level of "conversation" and grammer is declining precipitously, not to mention some posters cannot make rational points backed up by the facts.

Example:

"I am agree but if burrell isn't able to happen I like the thought of ibanez ONLY if he can hit in the 6 spot. If they are looking for a 5 hole hitter and can not get burrell I like dunn.

Posted by: mvptommyd"


de gramer iz turrible an de punktwoation iz reely bad.

That aside, the content is even more ridiculous:

tommyd, do you really propose the Phillies spend $11,000,000/year for a 6, yes a 6 HOLE hitter?

Really?

In addition, what kills me is you have the audacity to defend the Phillies on their fiscal responsibility?

My friend and fellow Phillies fan, spending $11MM/yr on a SIX hole hitter is not exactly fiscally responsible, no?

Do the Phillies all of a sudden have the Yankees budget?

If the Phils are going to spend big money in LF next year (don't forget they already on tap for $7.5M that Jenkins is owed), I would rather have them use those resources to sign a guy like Lowe.

Lowe for 4 yrs/$60-$70M is a much better allocation of resource than Ibanez at say 3 yrs/$33M.

@MG: Yea, why not platoon a trash-heap guy like Rivera and invest in a starter? Ruben wanted to focus on pitching and D, I don't think that's a bad idea.


MAS: OPS+ is the best measure of overall offense but it doesn't tell the whole story. Vic and Rollins (except 2 years ago) are not middle of the order power hitters. The only true power hitter who has a good OPS+ vs. LHP is Werth. Vic and Rollins get their share of OB but opposing lefties could simply pitch around Werth and know they won't have to worry about the long ball. Signing Ibanez would make the Phils very vulnerable to LHP and in a short post-season series a team with 2 LH starters would have a huge advantage. You've got to have power weapons against both RHP and LHP.

rjm08: I agree, but don't understand how Ibanez fits into that focus.

"you have 5 of 7 plus hitters v. LHP and only 3 of 7 plus hitters v. RHP"

MAS - You didn't figure in Dobbs at 3B and Jenkins/Stairs as potential LF platooners.

We already have plenty of LHBs to stick in against strong righties.

@clout: Exactly, if we don't improve our pitching, Ibanez is just a downgrade.

Ibanez is terrific and will be loved in this town, he is the rich mans Pat Burrell, plays hard everyday and apparently is a good guy. I'm all for this guy, also must everyone wear the goggles on Burrell? the dude sucked from June 1-September 28, it's not like losing Reggie Jackson.

Also, in re: 5 of 7...

I am suspicious of Paulino's numbers. What's his sample size?

@mike: So we should just ignore what he did in the first half of the season? To me he is the poor man's Burrell.

Raul Ibanez will turn a lot of mediocre NL LOOGies into surefire L3OGies.

"You've got to have power weapons against both RHP and LHP."


clout, for some unexplained reason, there are a lot of posters here who cannot grasp that simple concept.

Clout: Exactly, Ibanez doesn't fit into that at all. So we should run away, and run away fast.

MG and rjm08: you've captured my thoughts perfectly. The first step in making that happen is for Burnett to sign with the Yankees, which likely frees up Lowe to sign elsewhere. So fingers crossed we hear some good news on that front sometime soon.

@Andy, No we can't ignore Pat's beginning of the season, but i personally think you're getting a lot more bang for your buck with Ibanez, driving in 340 runs in the last 3 years on a terrible team, but him at Cit in the 5 or 6 hole...One of our biggest problems is that we cannot drive in runs with a Fly ball or a ground ball out, This guy can do all of that plus more, i don't care about the lefty/righty thing, if you can hit you can hit, and he can hit.

Okay. I just got it. Those OPS+ splits quoted on the previous page are wrong...or rather they're not what we've been assuming they are. Those splits are actually tOPS+ which is relative to the individual batter's OPS+. So they are not an indicator of how well that batter hits righties or lefties relative to the league, but relative to himself. So Howard hits lefties that poorly compared to how well he hits righties.

I noticed a problem when I compared Chooch's truly abysmal number against lefties to Howard's. Howard hits lefties better than Chooch. But Chooch hits lefties a lot closer to how he hits righties.

mike - Yer not talkin' to me, buddy. The names here are UNDER the post. You wanted to have that conversation with that erudite new poster rjm08.

mike, do you watch the games?

There were plenty of runs driven in of flys and grounders.

Or do you just watch SportsCenter?

I love readers trying to make something out of Charlie Manuel's latest "endorsement" of Pat Burrel. Did anyone hear Manuel even mention Burrel's name a few weeks ago when he was going on record as saying that the Phils needed to sign Manny Ramirez? Manuel recently also said that he liked Nick Punto but Punto resigned with the Twins. There's a disconnect here.

Jake Peavy can pitch, and I would love to have him on the Phillies, but what a prima-donna d**chebag.

From Heyman's column:

"Padres star pitcher Jake Peavy is "frustrated'' by the team's inability to trade him after threatening to do so for months and "shaken'' over the Padres' latest failure to deal him to the Cubs after weeks of talks, Peavy's agent Barry Axelrod said.

"We tried to cooperate as best we could,'' Axelrod told SI.com in a phone interview. "Frankly, Jake is frustrated now more than ever. And I'm more frustrated than ever.''

Sure, Jake, hamstring your GM by limiting the number of teams you can be traded to, thereby limiting his leverage, and they say YOU are the frustrated one.

mike: "i don't care about the lefty/righty thing, if you can hit you can hit, and he can hit."

He can hit, he just can't hit lefties very well according to his acreer numbers. the problem is the HUGE droppoff in offense vs. LHP from Burrell to Ibanez. Lefties will start about 28% of all games on average. Against teams vulnerable to them the number could rise as high as 33%.

"One of our biggest problems is that we cannot drive in runs with a Fly ball or a ground ball out, This guy can do all of that plus more, "

I like this point on Ibanez. Our offense is very all or nothing, especially when the bottom of the lineup isn't producing. TIbanez would help change that.

I think a good example of offensive fluidity is the Cubs from last season. They scored more runs than the Phillies did mainly because they had guys that could do the little things really well. I don't think I'd say Ibanez is better than Burrell if you looked at their stats in isolation, but I like the fit of Ibanez. RBI he's produced more in a weaker lineup and hits doubles better than Burrell does.

he did get 23 hr and 110 on the one of the worst teams in the mlb, with utley howard jimmy ans shane ahead of him, dman he could get alot more


very nice win by the flyers, reminds me of the win against the mutts in August

Damn, I wish Jack Daniels would stop sticking extra fingers on the keyboard when I'm trying to type.

AWH: I'm beginning to realize that a fair number of posters here just have no clue at all about lefty/righty matchups and their significance within a game. None.

Okay. Just using OPS, which does not factor in the playing field, (but a lot of these guys use the same playing field) we can do a better comparison.

Name; OPS v. RHP; OPS vs. LHP

Rollins; .767; .794
Victorino; .751; .832
Utley; .918; .861
Howard; 1.065; .786
Burrell; .819; .950
Werth; .755; .920
Feliz; .704; .758
Ruiz; .700; .650

Dobbs; .766; .579
Jenkins; .871; .712
Bruntlett; .596; .754

Paulino; .643; .915
Ibanez; .849; .733
Bradley; .799; .890
Young; .721; .790

Please note, from those figures, that on days that the opposition pitches a lefty, the Phils would do better, percentage wise, to start the Gnome in left instead of Raul. For offense mainly, but defensively, too.

Just outta curiosity - anyone have the Phils' team stats games started last year by RHP vs. LHP?

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