Philadelphia Phillies: The Numbers Tell the Story of Historic Phillies Season
Another Phillies game, another Phillies win. Honestly, I'm not sure what to say anymore. I've run out of superlatives. This Phillies' season is simply impossible to put into words. So instead, I'll let the numbers do the talking. And let me tell you, these are some unbelievable numbers.
42: The Phillies are 42 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history with their league-best record of 88-46.
116: The number of pitches thrown by Roy Oswalt last night while earning his seventh win against the Florida Marlins. That is his most since coming off the DL.
.330: Hunter Pence's team-high batting average. He is 36-for-109 since joining the Phillies and the Phillies are 22-7 since acquiring Pence from the Astros.
27: The number of saves for Ryan Madson in 29 save opportunities after last night's scoreless ninth in which also had two strikeouts.
13: John Mayberry's home run total after his two-run blast last night. He also had three more RBI, bringing his total to 44.
6: It is now six seasons in a row that Ryan Howard has hit over 30 home runs with over 100 RBI, which is a Phillies franchise record.
.110: This is the paltry batting average opponents have managed against Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo, which is the best in baseball history over the last 50 years. Bastardo has a 1.35 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 53.1 innings pitched. To put it in perspective, Dodgers closer Eric Gagne held hitters to a .133 average in 2003, the year he won the Cy Young Award.
17: The number of hits for Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz in his last 11 starts, during which he has raised his batting average 20 points. Choooooch!
37.1: Cliff Lee's leading total in the Phillies pitchers' informal hitting competition. Cole Hamels is second with 33.1 and Roy Halladay third with 31.
And last but certainly not least:
19: The Phillies magic number to clinch the NL East division title!
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