The Little League World Series continues this week, with the final games on Sunday. Which reminds me, I never posted my pictures of Little League Day at the Phillies, which happened on June 23.
The Little Leaguers needed to be at the stadium about 3 hours before the game even started. It was a hot, sunny day, though it wasn’t too bad in the sun. But by the time they reached the doors to the field, those Little Leaguers were ready to go, and they kept inching forward until they finally got the green light to head out:
They poured out of that outfield door and kept on coming as many, many Little Leaguers circled the field:
Their trip around the field was over all too soon, and they had to leave the field:
But I’m guessing it was a moment they aren’t likely to forget soon!
As news broke of Bryce Harper signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, one Nats reporter noted:
Bryce Harper in 2017, photo by Keith Allison (via Wikipedia)
That got me thinking: how many games have the Nats and Phillies played against each other? How have the Nats fared? How will the Nats do against the Phillies without Bryce?
Well, I have answers to the first two questions. Only time will tell the answer to the third question.
Baseball Reference provides stats for each team’s season. So, here’s how the Nats have fared against the Phillies since 2005 (when the Expos moved to Washington, DC, and became the Nats):
- Games played: 260
- Games won: 125
- Games lost: 135
- Runs Scored: 1,109
- Runs Allowed: 1,143
- Extra innings games played: 29 (14 10-inning games, 5 11-inning games, 5 12-inning games, 2 13-inning games, and 2 14-inning games)
- Extra innings games won: 15
- Double headers played: 5
- Double header games won: 5
- Double header games lost: 5
- Games decided by walk-off: 29
- Number of walk-off wins: 17
Basically, the Nats and Phillies have been pretty evenly matched, though the Nats have lost a few more than they have won (125 wins to 135 losses) and the Phillies have outscored them 1,143 to 1,109. The Nats have a few more wins determined by a walk-off (17) than the Phillies (12).
How have individual Nats pitchers done against the Phillies? Here are the records of a few current and former Nationals pitchers:
- Tyler Clippard: 2-5
- Ross Detwiler: 3-3
- Erick Fedde: 2-1
- Gio Gonzalez: 11-7
- John Lannan: 3-13
- Jason Marquis: 1-4
- Tanner Roark: 6-9
- Max Scherzer: 8-1
- Stephen Strasburg: 10-2
- Jordan Zimmermann: 6-8
So, three of the four guys with winning records against the Phillies (Fedde, Scherzer, and Strasburg) are still with the Nats. They should try get the fourth guy back (Gonzalez) – they’re gonna need all the help they can get against the Phillies now.
The Pope is coming to the United States today, and it’s a pretty big deal – even for baseball. Last week, the Philadelphia Phillies gave away “Pope Rookie Cards,” featuring the pontiff and providing his stats.
Last year around this time, Pope Francis made baseball headlines with his attempt at catching a ball tossed to him in St. Peter’s Square. As the New York Daily News reported, “The ball bounced from his extended right hand and fell to the ground – along with his skullcap. If you’re scoring at home, that’s no error on the Pope. He’s infallible.”
It seems like everyone is catching Pope Fever, even my favorite local team, the Bowie Baysox:
Happy Pope Week!