Stat of the day: facing the Phillies

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Last week, I looked at the best and worst from how starters fared against the Yankees over the last five years.  Now, here’s a piece using the Phillies instead.  51 pitchers have started at least five games against them since the beginning of 2007:

Best
Hiroki Kuroda: 2-2, 1.41 ERA (six starts)
Tommy Hanson: 1-2, 2.23 ERA (seven starts)
Adam Wainwright: 2-1, 2.41 ERA (six starts)
Jair Jurrjens: 5-3, 2.45 ERA (11 starts)
Ricky Nolasco: 5-2, 2.59 ERA (nine starts)
Josh Johnson: 4-2, 2.60 ERA (10 starts)
Tim Lincecum: 4-1, 2.61 ERA (nine starts)
Tom Glavine: 3-0, 2.75 ERA (six starts)
John Maine: 2-1, 2.83 ERA (seven starts)
R.A. Dickey: 2-3, 2.90 ERA (five starts)
Tim Redding: 4-3, 2.92 ERA (11 starts)
Chad Billingsley: 1-2, 3.31 ERA (six starts)
Chris Young: 3-1, 3.34 ERA (six starts)
Derek Lowe: 6-5, 3.39 ERA (12 starts)
Tim Hudson: 3-4, 3.44 ERA (12 starts)
Matt Cain: 1-3, 3.48 ERA (five starts)
Jonathan Sanchez: 3-2, 3.48 ERA (six starts)

Worst
Charlie Morton: 1-3, 8.22 ERA (five starts)
Jorge De La Rosa: 0-4, 8.03 ERA (five starts)
Dontrelle Willis: 2-2, 7.00 ERA (five starts)
Ryan Dempster: 1-2, 6.91 ERA (five starts)
Aaron Cook: 0-4, 6.61 ERA (six starts)
Chuck James: 1-1, 6.46 ERA (five starts)
Jason Marquis: 3-5, 6.43 ERA (10 starts)
Todd Wellemeyer: 1-2, 6.38 ERA (five starts)
Jo-Jo Reyes: 0-3, 6.35 ERA (five starts)
Jeff Suppan: 0-3, 6.18 ERA (five starts)
Micah Owings: 2-2, 6.15 ERA (five starts)
Andrew Miller: 0-5, 6.06 ERA (seven starts)

A special dishonorable mention in the worst category goes to John Lannan, or at least the Nationals offense when Lannan is on the mound. The left-hander is 1-12 with a 5.77 ERA in 16 starts against the Phillies.

The pitcher who has faced the Phillies more than anyone over the last five years didn’t make either list. That’s Mike Pelfrey, who has gone 7-6 despite a 5.08 ERA in 18 starts.

Dodgers top Giants, clinch fifth straight NL West title

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The Dodgers are NL West champions for the fifth time in a row. They clinched with a 4-2 win over the Giants on Friday night, taking their first and only lead on a mammoth record-breaking home run from Cody Bellinger in the third inning.

Rich Hill turned in another quality start, going six innings with five hits, a run and nine strikeouts to keep the Giants at bay. He tacked on an RBI hit of his own, too, lashing a double to left field for his first extra-base hit since 2007.

The Giants, meanwhile, deployed Jeff Samardzija and his 4.42 ERA for 4 1/3 innings. Samardzija was on the hook for the Dodgers’ four-run spread in the third and took his 15th loss of the season. Pablo Sandoval came through with a solo home run in the ninth, but the rest of San Francisco’s offense wasn’t so lucky against Kenley Jansen, who struck out the side to clinch the game — and the division.

After Friday’s showstopper, the Dodgers are just two wins away from their first 100-win season since 1974. If they win the remaining eight games of the season, they’ll beat out the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers for the most wins in franchise history.

Watch: Cody Bellinger breaks NL rookie home run record

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Cody Bellinger helped the Dodgers to their first lead on Friday night, going deep for his 39th home run of the season and setting a new National League rookie home run record in the process. With two on and two out in the third inning, the Dodgers’ slugger launched a 2-1 pitch from the Giants’ Jeff Samardzija, skimming the right field fence to give the team a three-run cushion:

The three-run bomb was Bellinger’s sixth of the season. In what is undoubtedly a Rookie of the Year award-worthy campaign, he’s logged 21 solo shots, 11 two-run blasts and a single grand slam. His historic home run topped former NL rookie leaders Frank Robinson and Wally Berger, at 38 homers apiece.

The Dodgers need to stay on top of the Giants to clinch the NL West or, barring that, have the Marlins pull off a win over the Diamondbacks. They currently lead the Giants 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Marlins, meanwhile, are staying just ahead of the D-backs with a 9-7 lead in the top of the sixth.