The Phillies have recalled lefty Mike Zagurski from the IronPigs to take the place of Vance Worley, who was sent down on Sunday.
Zagurski was impressive in his time with Lehigh Valley, going 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA and nine saves in 14 games. He had struck out 23 batters in 14 1-3 innings and held opponents to a .196 average. This is Zagurski's second stint with the Phils, who continue to give the 28-year-old southpaw opportunities, although it's difficult to say whether those chances will come in anything but a mop-up role instead of a situational role where Zagurski might actually excel. Zagurski will need to show that he can throw strikes on the big stage, but throwing strikes, or rather J.C. Romero's inability to throw strikes, is what makes this move modestly compelling.
The hits keep coming: Cliff Lee has the ball for tonight’s meeting with the Nats, coming off a May 25 start in which he gave up 10 hits in eight innings against the Reds. Roy Halladay got the win on Monday, but he surrendered 10 hits and three homers in seven innings of work. Though Lee and Halladay have a combined record of 11-7 this season, it seems as though the pair has been hit harder than normal of late. This month, Halladay has given up 46 knocks in 45 frames with Lee surrendering 45 in 42 1-3. Since joining the Phillies, there have been only two months in which Halladay has allowed more hits than innings – June of 2010 and May of 2011.
The good news, as far as Lee is concerned, is that the lefthander rebounded from a subpar May last season to go 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA and four complete games in June. The good news, as far as Halladay is concerned, is that he is the best pitcher in the game and will likely sort himself out in the near future.
Heat wave in May: Raul Ibanez’s 0-for-35 nightmare last month is very much a thing of the past. Ibanez is currently batting .317/.342/.615 in May with a team-leading 19 RBIs following a .161/.247/.218 performance in April. He has raised his average to .246 and has homered seven times this month after connecting just once in April.
This type of roller-coaster performance isn’t uncommon for Ibanez, of course. In 2009, he endured a .193/.276/.318 line in August after a scorching run through the first few months of the season. And then in 2010, he was awful in June before catching fire in July. Sure, the Phillies would prefer a little more consistency, but it’s hard to complain at the moment about a player who has driven in at least one run in nine of the last 12 games, with five home runs in that stretch.
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