Joe Makes It a Solid Four
Everybody focuses on the big three, Doc, Cole and Roy-O but Joe is no slouch as a starting pitcher, giving the Phillies four solid starters.
Backed by four home runs, Joe turned in another impressive mound performance last night (1 run, 6 innings, 8 strikeouts). Since June 13, the Phillies are 13-5 when he starts. Since August 18, he is 4-0 in seven starts. Since coming to the Phillies in July of 2008, he is 23-14.
Chase continued his hot September. He has three homers off lefties in his last 25 at-bats. For this month, 16 RBI.
The Big Piece drove in his 100th run, putting him in triple digits for the fifth straight season. That ties the Phillies record for consecutive 100-RBI seasons held by Hall of Famer Chuck Klein had five in a row (1929-33). Schmidt’s longest streak was four straight years, something Utley had matched going into this season. Chase’s stint on the DL will end his streak.
With Joe picking up the win, the Phillies are 29-15 since the Oswalt trade, 21-12 for the starters.
For the season, Phillies starters lead the majors in innings, complete games and shutouts. Their 60 wins match the Padres for the most in the NL.
Over the last four Septembers, the Phillies have the best record in the NL, 61-35, a .635 percentage.
Former third baseman from 2003-06, David Bell, who is 38. David managed the Carolina Mudcats in the AA Southern League this season.
Lakewood was held to four hits and one run in losing 3-1 last night in Greenville, SC.