Phillies 2019 Record: 12-8
1st Place in NL East, 1.0 games ahead of 2nd place Mets
5-5 in their last 10 games
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Another season of Phillies baseball means another season of Phillies Team Leaders…even if it took me until April 21st to do it. If you are the one person who actually visits this blog regularly, thanks for reading! While you’re at it let me know what you like/don’t like about the site. I might even have some free swag for your efforts.
Anyhow, here we are after week number 4. The Phillies are 12-8, 1st place in the NL East, and have a series record of 4-1-1. Not a bad start.
But the Phillies certainly are being tested now. Their starting centerfielder, starting shortstop, backup shortstop, and biggest bullpen acquisition are all on the injured list. Heading into last night, Cory Seidman wrote this:
Making matters more difficult, the Phils have played 64 innings in their last six games, an average of nearly 11 per night.
To still be at the top of the NL East despite those circumstances is great, but their biggest test might still be ahead of them. Hopefully things look just as positive a week from now.
One thing that jumps out to me is just how much balance the Phillies have shown statistically in all phases of the team. The Phils have four different guys leading the offensive categories. It shows just how deep the Phillies lineup is and they have so many different ways to beat you. Hoskins and Realmuto aren't on this list, and it's not because their numbers are poor. In many recent years they would be leading in lots of these categories.
My favorite item is this: the Phillies leader in both home runs and RBI's is their number 8 hitter.
On the pitching side, Arrieta has been the team's saving grace, putting up some really nice outings at a time when Nola has been the team's worst pitcher. Much needed.
It's also nice to see Velasquez show up on the list.
As far as the bullpen is concerned, Morgan is pitching out of his mind right now and Neris has held his own. With Robertson and Dominguez struggling and/or injured, it is nice for other guys to step up.
Now, off to the leaders after game #20:
Phillies Current Team Hitting Leaders (minimum 40 at-bats)
Average: Segura (.328)
OBP: Harper (.426)
SLG: Franco (.571)
OPS: Harper (.991)
HR: Franco (6)
RBI: Franco (18)
Runs: McCutchen (19)
Extra-base hits: Harper (11)
BB: McCutchen (18)
SO: Harper (26)
SB: Hernandez (2)
Phillies Current Team Starting Pitching Leaders (minimum 3 starts)
ERA: Arrieta (2.25)
IP: Arrieta (28.0)
Wins: Arrieta (3)
WHIP: Velasquez (1.02)
Strikeouts: Nola (28)
Phillies Current Team Bullpen Leaders (minimum 5 appearances)
ERA: Morgan (1.85)
IP: Nicasio (10.2)
WHIP: Morgan (0.44)
Strikeouts: Neris (15)
Games: Morgan (11)
Saves: Neris (3)
Holds: Morgan (6)