Carlos Lee (Miami Marlins) … No one can complain about the numbers Lee has put up since going from Houston to Miami. In his last nine games, Lee is 15-for-30 (.500) with eight RBIs. He has struck out only twice during that stretch from July 27 to Aug. 3. For the year, he's batting .290.
Jason Bay (New York Mets) … The 33-year-old outfielder has a pretty big hole to climb out of. He has only two hits in his last 36 at-bats (.056) in his last 12 games, 10 of which were starts. In those games from July 22 to Aug. 3, Bay walked eight times but struck out 13. For the season, he has a .156 batting average.
7 … Players currently playing in the National League who have career .300 batting averages or better (Todd Helton, Matt Holliday, Ryan Braun, Chipper Jones, David Wright, Hanley Ramirez, Juan Pierre).
DID YOU KNOW?
Carlos Ruiz threw out a career-best 26.5 percent (18 of 68) of potential base stealers in 2010. … The Phillies have hit 21 home runs in their 19 games since the All-Star break, tying them for sixth-most in the NL, but 15 of those home runs have been solo shots. … Phillies starting pitchers lead all major league staffs in innings pitched (683 1/3) and strikeouts (603). … This will be the first time since 2005 in which Ryan Howard won't have 30 home runs and 100 RBIs. … Jimmy Rollins hit nine lead-off home runs in 2007. Other than the five he hit in 2009, the next closest is Juan Samuel at 4 in 1983.
CATCHING UP WITH FORMER PHILLIE Raul Ibanez
The left fielder, who spent three years with the Phillies and helped them to the 2009 World Series, is hitting .242 with 14 doubles, 14 home runs and 46 RBIs in 88 games for the Yankees. From 2009-11 with Philadelphia, Ibanez, now 40, hit .264. In 433 games, he cracked 70 home runs and drove in 260 runs.