Clout Day has come and gone on Beerleaguer, marking the unofficial date that it’s acceptable to measure spring training performance and draw educated conclusions.
On Saturday while many Beerleaguers were enjoying the nice weather, the calendar flipped to March 20, known as Clout Day in these parts. Clout Day started three years ago when Clout (artist rendering right) tried to curb reader enthusiasm over meaningless spring training stats. With 17 Grapefruit League games in the bag, the stats bear out some of the observations made in camp, particularly those concerning the pitching staff. The overall performance of Roy Halladay and the rest of the rotation represents the meatiest running theme in camp, while Rule 5 selection David Herndon, who has not allowed a run in eight innings, counts as the best surprise. Meanwhile, the offensive headliner, Domonic Brown, departed for minor league camp last week. Without him, nothing stands out besides Raul Ibanez’s 4-for-35 (.114). A list of complete spring training stats can be found on Phillies.com [Link]
Game chat: Joe Blanton and the Phillies host the Rays in Clearwater. Carlos Ruiz remains sidelined with the flu. The lineup: Rollins (SS), Polanco (3B), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Victorino (CF), Dobbs (LF), Schneider (C). The slumping Ibanez will play in a minor league game.