Morning Wood: Running Out of Adjectives

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Here, I made a piece of art for you:

9   0   7   8   0


8   0   4   10   2


7   2   3   7   2


7   0   3   7   3




31 2 17 32 7


I call it August. The SABR nerds might call it a blind date, but there’s nothing I can do about that.

Those are (in order) the innings pitched, earned runs, hits, strikeouts, and walks for Cliff Lee’s four starts in August. They’re good for a 0.58 ERA and 0.77 WHIP. Oh my.

Perhaps you’re noting a trend: Lee is streaky- he has been his whole career. He had a rocky April, average May, dominant June, average July, and dominant August. If the last four months are any indication, we’re due for a pedestrian September followed be a world-rocking October. Sign me up.

As if his exploits on the mound weren’t enough, Charlie Manuel left Lee in to bat in the seventh, before taking him out. He almost hit an opposite field home run…

The Phillies won, 10-0. It was the newly-named Proud Pony game, a title coined by reader Jenny in the comments: Lee dominates on the mound, strokes at the plate, and dazzles in the field. One might imagine a pony galloping in front of a myriad on-lookers, proudly displaying his form and wiggling his broad little shoulders.

Lee talked about the outing after the game. He is completely unfazed by silly beat reporter questions: [via David Hale]

Whatever. He did, however, talk about his command being off last night. He threw only 12 four-seam fastballs (5 for strikes), according to Brooks Baseball. That’s compared to the 24 (15 strikes) he threw in his last start. Still, he relied on his two-seamer and cutter (66 pitches) and threw seven shutout innings. Steed.

Not to be outdone, the Phillies patchwork offense took it to the Metropolitans. Hunter Pence scored four runs, hitting a monster home run (here) in the process. John Mayberry Jr. continues to not be an everyday player, he just crushes a lot (home run video here). He’s like an enhanced version of 2009 Ben Francisco: a left fielder who brings with him a surprisingly reliable and somewhat powerful right-handed bat to the plate. He’s more toolsy than Francisco, so while Mayberry might not get exposed as an everyday player the way Ben Fran did, it's Ibanez’s job to lose… for now. 

Ricky Bo talked about Guchis after the game. Check at Barkann’s face at the 19 second mark:[thanks to Tom, Matt, and Andrew for the video grabs]

Finally, another idiot fan waving a red fist behind the Phillies’ dugout:

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Pre-screening, please.

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  • Rob August 23, 2011 at 9:09 am

    John Mayberry Jr is the Chris Carter of baseball. All he does is hit homeruns and doubles

  • Steve August 23, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Ibanez needs to take a seat.

  • Jack Auf August 23, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Lee’s every other month thing has been similar although not as drastic a difference as Raul’s. So I’ll take a so-so Sept in exchange for a great October.

  • K August 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

    so not only did lee drop a deuce on the, not drop a deuce like Fox likes to say, literally poo’ed on them…but, angel pagan was blasting away and delayed his at bat.. I am sure you were wondering what was going on there..

  • JMH August 23, 2011 at 11:11 am

    It’s only a matter of time before Raul starts another hot streak. It’s kind of funny how Ibanez and Lee have their hot / cold months on opposite months (Raul hot in May and July, Cliff in June and August). Mayberry has been awesome. Hope this is not just a great streak he is on but that he’ll be a fixture on the team going forward. If so – great trade! (where is Greg Golson these days???) Anyway, one great thing about having Mayberry that few people are talking about is that it’s great insurance for CF. Shane is having a GREAT year but I always worry about him getting one of those nagging calf injuries or something like that.

  • S.I. Co. August 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Clifton is a DEMIGOD!

  • Iron Balls McGinty August 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Ibanez may still be a better outfielder when healthy, but Mayberry’s bat may be more important right now. So Raul should rest his groin and if doesn’t go on the DL maybe he can get a break by keeping him as a DH. It wouldn’t hurt if Maybe gets some more experience if the Phillies lead in the standings stay out ahead.
    I’d call last nights game a Triple 3D:
    A Double Digit Diffrence
    A Double Digit Defasit
    A Double Digit Debacle
    That’s morse code, ‘V’ for the sweet taste of Victory (Let’s Go Eat):

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