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Game Thread: Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals- 2008 Game 107 of 162. "Federalbaseball.com Goes Deeper Into Numbers..."

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"Restate my assumptions: One, Mathematics is the language of nature. Two, Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers. Three: If you graph the numbers of any system, patterns emerge. Therefore, there are patterns everywhere in nature." - Maximillian Cohen in "Pi"

On The Hill...TIM REDDING

The next run scored on DC righty Tim Redding, will be his 100th run allowed in 2 seasons and 37 starts with the Washington Nationals. (Only 90 of those runs are earned, though they all count). Redding's pitched 210.2 innings since signing as a free agent on November 6, 2006, and he's allowed 212 hits, 23 HR's and 79 walks, while collecting 130 K's, and a (10-11) record, posting a 3.85 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP and a .264 BAA.

Redding, the 30-year old anchor of the Nationals' rotation, has yet to give up a run to these Philadelphia Phillies this season, shutting the Philly offense down almost completely over 2 starts and 13.1 innings pitched, over which Redding's given up just 8 hits, and 5 walks with 4 K's in two Washington wins. In Redding's five year career, he's faced Philadelphia 8 times, starting each game and amassing a (4-2) record, 2.34 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and .201 BAA. In 50.0 innings pitched against the Phillies, Redding's allowed just 36 hits, 13 ER's, 3 HR's and 21 walks, while striking out 34 batters.

Redding's last start was on the road in San Francisco, where he pitched 8.0 innings, allowed 1 run on 7 hits, and didn't walk a batter, in a 1-0 Nationals' loss. At home in DC this season, Don Sutton's Favorite Pitcher is (4-3) in 12 starts, with a 4.14 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and .281 BAA over 67.1 innings. Overall in '08, the 7-year veteran out of Rochester, NY is (7-5) with a 3.98 ERA in 126.2 innings pitched over 22 starts...but most impressive of all might be the fact the Redding's pitched in 14 of the Nationals' 38 wins this season...making him at least partially responsible for 37% of Washington's '08 wins...

Will Redding's next start, after tonight, be under a curly "W" cap?

More Redding #'s...

Phillies vs Redding...

Pat Burrell - '08 - 0 for 6, .000 AVG. Career - 4 for 21, .190 AVG, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI's, 2BB, 4 K's.

Jimmy Rollins - '08 - 0 for 6, .000 AVG. Career - 4 for 24, .167 AVG, 3 RBI's, 2 BB.

Geoff Jenkins - '08 - 2 for 4, .500 AVG, 2 2B, 2 BB. Career - 11 for 19, .579 AVG, 5 2B's, 1 HR, 2 RBI's, a 1.000 SLG, and 1.652 OPS.

Tim Redding has allowed HR's to 67 different Major League ballplayers...

A few quick questions and answers from Scout, Braves fan and Source of All Things Baseball, (who did most of the #-crunching here...)

Q: The most HR's hit against Redding?

A: Richie Sexon, 7 for 18, .389 AVG, 4 HR's, 8 RBI's.

Q: Who's second on the list? (Of HR's against Redding...)

A: Sammy Sosa...4 for 17, .235 AVG, 2B, 3 HR's, 5 RBI's.

Q: Where is Sammy Sosa?

A: No idea...

On The Hill Pt. 2...JAMIE MOYER

"Old Man Moyer And His Bag Of Slow Tricks Are Pulling Into The Nation's Capital..."

Moyers' #'s Against the DC Franchise...

The Nationals have faced two very different Jamie Moyers this season, the one who received no decision after the Nationals knocked him out of the game in 3.2 innings on April 3rd, scoring 6 runs on 9 hits...and the other Jamie Moyer that Washington faced in Nationals Park, who shut them out over 6.0 innings, allowing 7 hits but 0 runs and only 1 walk with 3 K's on May 21st in a winning effort.

Over the entirety of the 45-year old lefty's 22-year MLB career, Moyer, the veteran of the Cubs, Rangers, Cardinals, Orioles, Red Sox, Mariners and Phillies has put together a (7-4) record against the DC franchise in 16 starts and 17 appearances. All told, over 94.1 innings pitched against the Expos and Nationals, Moyers has allowed 105 hits, 39 runs, 31 earned, 6 HR's and 25 walks with 66 K's, a 2.96 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and a distressingly low .236 BAA.

Breakdown of The '08 Version of Moyer's Bag Of Slow Tricks...

Moyer vs Righties - 87. 0 IP, .292 BAA, 1.47 WHIP, 102 hits, 8 HR's, 26 BB's and 51 K's.

Moyer vs Lefties - 40. 0 IP, .203 BAA, 1.00 WHIP, 29 hits, 6 HR's, 11 BB's, 28 K's.

Last time out, on 7/24 in NY against the Mets, Moyer received no decision in a 3-1 Philly loss, in which he allowed just 1 run in 7.0 IP and surrendered 2 hits, 1 ER and 3 walks with 6 K's.

Scout's Note - No Nationals' player has homered off Jamie Moyer as a National. The last player in DC franchise history to homer off Moyer? Ivan Calderon...on 4/28/91.

Nationals' #'s Against Jamie Moyer...

Jesus Flores - '08 - 4 for 5, .800 AVG, 3 2B's, 1 RBI. Career - 4 for 9, .444 AVG, 3 2B's, 1 RBI.

Lastings Milledge - '08 - 4 for 6, .667 AVG. Career - 5 for 11, .455 AVG, 2B, BB.

Austin Kearns - '08 - 1 for 2, .500, 1 RBI. Career - 4 for 9, .444 AVG, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI's.

Paul Lo Duca - Career - 5 for 14, .357 AVG, 4 RBI's, BB, 2 K's.

Cristian Guzman - '08 - 2 for 6, .333 AVG, 2 2B's. Career - 9 for 34, .265 AVG, 4 2B's, 1 HR, 3 RBI's.

Classic Franchise #'s Against Jamie Moyer...

Gary Carter - 8 for 20, .400 AVG, 2B, 2 RBI's.

Tim "Rock" Raines - 15 for 38, .395 AVG, 2 2B's, 1 HR, 7 RBI's.

Vladimir Guerrero - 11 for 30, .323 AVG, 3 2B's, 3B, HR, 5 RBI's.

"Iron Man" Tim Wallach - 8 for 32, .250 AVG, 2 2B's, HR, 5 RBI's.

Jose Vidro - 2 for 3, .667 AVG.

Check the NatCast if you're heading to Nationals Park...

Game Time 7:10 pm EST in Nationals Park. I think it's Redding vs Moyer...Who's Watching The Nationals?

"The Ancient Japanese considered the Go board to be a microcosm of the universe. Although when it is empty it appears to be simple and ordered, in fact, the possibilities of gameplay are endless. They say that no two Go games have ever been alike. Just like snowflakes. So, the Go board actually represents an extremely complex and chaotic universe. That is the truth of our world, Max. It can't be easily summed up with math. - Sol Robeson in "Pi"