Phillies 2016 Record: 71-91
So the 2016 Phillies season has come to a close.
There have been some disappointments (Franco, Altherr, Nola) along with some pleasant surprises (Rupp, Joseph, Velasquez, Hernandez), but overall it was probably a successful season in terms of rebuild. Here's a brief look at some of the names on the leader board.
I wanted to add Odubel Herrera to the list of disappointments because he looked so good to start the year that a .286 average is a pretty serious letdown. But the guy hit .286 with 15 homers and 87 runs scored and seems like a safe bet as a solid piece in the Phillies lineup going forward, so hard to call that a disappointment.
Maikel Franco had a bad year. A really, really bad year if you ask me compared to what he should be. Franco hits with zero plan and he rarely goes a game without losing his helmet after a violent swing. Yet he still finished with a line of .255/.306/.427 with 25 long balls…in a horrible season. If he ever decides to play smart baseball, there is no doubt he is MVP material. But it wasn't this season.
Jeremy Hellickson and Jerad Eickhoff had impressive seasons. Both finished with ERA’s below 3.75 and both pitched at least 189 innings. They kept this team in games the way Harang and Williams couldn’t last year. Velasquez, Nola, Eflin, and Thompson all had ERA’s over 4.00 and none established themselves as the ace of the staff. They still have some work to do.
Jeanmar Gomez finished with a 4.85 ERA – boy did he drop fast. I don’t place much of a value on saves, but for Gomez, 37 saves is a huge number. He kept this team together for half of the season and played way over his head. He won’t be the closer next year, but what a great job he did.
Hector Neris appeared in 79 games, pitched 80.1 innings, finished with a 2.58 ERA, and struck out 102 batters. Now who was that guy that closed games for the Phillies last year? Ken somebody? Perhaps the better question is, will Neris deliver the final strike of the season like Lidge someday?
Now onto the leader board, which definitely looks a lot different than you would expect entering the 2016 season. Tommy Joseph appears two times on this list and Franco shares the lead in extra-base hits with Freddy Galvis. Who woulda thunk it?
Now, for the last time in 2016, here are your Phillies leaders:
Average: Hernandez (.294)
OBP: Hernandez (.371)
SLG: Joseph (.505)
OPS: Joseph (.813)
HR: Franco/Howard (25)
RBI: Franco (88)
Runs: Herrera (87)
Extra-base hits: Franco/Galvis (49)
BB: Hernandez (66)
SB: Herrera (25)
SO: Galvis (136)
Phillies Current Team Starting Pitching Leaders (minimum 8 starts)
ERA: Eickhoff (3.65)
IP: Eickhoff (197.1)
Wins: Hellickson (12)
WHIP: Hellickson (1.17)
Strikeouts: Eickhoff (154)
Phillies Current Team Bullpen Leaders (minimum 10 appearances)
ERA: Neris (2.53)
IP: Neris (78.1)
WHIP: Neris (1.07)
Strikeouts: Neris (100)
Games: Neris (77)
Saves: Gomez (37)
Holds: Neris (28)