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.

Victor Martinez played his final major league game on Saturday

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After 16 years in the majors, longtime Tigers DH Victor Martinez capped his career with one final start at Comerica Park. Although there are seven games remaining in the club’s regular season schedule, Martinez said he felt he owed it to the fans to record his final at-bat at home. He’ll still cheer the rest of the team on from the dugout when they hit the road for their last six-game stretch on Monday, though he’s not expected to slot into the lineup at any point during their back-to-back away series against the Twins and Brewers.

In order to commemorate the occasion, the Tigers arranged a pregame ceremony to celebrate the veteran infielder’s seven years with the team, during which they presented him with Topps baseball cards, a recliner, a pair of boots, and a saddle, among other honors. Martinez also put in a special request to play first base, a position he hadn’t manned in over two years.

The 39-year-old didn’t waste a single minute of his final start in the majors. He deftly handled an inning-ending out in the top of the first, then laced a rare infield single to short in his first and final at-bat of the afternoon, beating the throw to first and advancing Nicholas Castellanos to second base in order to set up the Tigers’ first run: a two-out RBI single from Niko Goodrum that brought Castellanos home to score.

“I think that at-bat was the perfect at-bat to describe my career,” Martinez told reporters after the Tigers wrapped a 5-4 win over the Royals. “I had to sweat it out. I had to sweat it out the whole way. I had to grind it. That was my whole career.”

Following the hit — and the standing ovation that greeted it — the switch-hitter was promptly replaced by pinch-runner Ronny Rodriguez, who subbed in at second base in the top of the second while Goodrum shifted from second to first base. Taking Saturday’s performance into account, Martinez polished off his big league career with a lifetime .295/.359/.455 batting line, 423 doubles, 246 home runs, 1,178 RBI, and 28.4 fWAR across 1,973 games and three separate stints for the Indians, Red Sox, and Tigers. His accomplishments at the plate have been decorated with five All-Star nominations, two Silver Slugger Awards, and the designated hitter-exclusive Edgar Martinez Award following a career-best campaign in 2014.