04/24/09 8:06 PM ET
Phils break dubious home run record
Club has allowed at least one dinger in first 15 games
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Lots and lots of mistakes.
It is the simplest and only explanation for the number of home runs the Phillies have allowed this season. Elias Sports Bureau reports the Phils have set a Major League record by allowing at least one home run through the first 15 games of the season. The 2001 Brewers held the previous record by allowing at least one homer though the first 13 games of the season.
"A lot of mistakes in pitcher's counts," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said before Brett Myers allowed a three-run home run to Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla in the bottom of the first inning Friday at Dolphin Stadium. "0-2, 1-2. Mistakes 0-0 in the middle of the plate."
The Phillies entered Friday having allowed a Major League-high 31 home runs this season. The Orioles and Rangers were second in baseball with 27 homers allowed. The Rockies were the closest National League team with 22.
Philadelphia allowed 160 homers last season, which ranked 17th among 30 teams in baseball and 10th among 16 teams in the NL.
Why the problems with the long ball now?
"We were on a real good run last year," Dubee said. "We're not on that same run yet. You could name a million factors. Trying to do too much. Trying to make too good a pitch."
But whatever the factors are, the Phillies hope they end soon. They can't expect to win pitching like this.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.