Phillies team leaders - April 24
by Scott Butler 4/24/17

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Phillies 2017 Record: 9-9

Baseball is hard to figure. A few days ago, the Phillies were 5-9 and on pace for 104 losses. Less than a week later, the Phils are a .500 baseball team and 1 game out of second place. Not that we should be too surprised. The the Phillies played 12 of their first 15 games against the Nats and Mets, and the Braves were the first bad team they faced since the opening series.

Let's take a look at the leaderboard after game 18:

Phillies Current Team Hitting Leaders (minimum 15 AB's) 
Average: Nava (.391) 
OBP: Nava (.516) 
SLG: Nava (.739) 
OPS: Nava (1.255)
HR: Hernandez (4)
RBI: Franco (16) 
Runs: Hernandez (18) 
Extra-base hits: Hernandez (9)
BB: Herrera (9)
SB: Hernandez (3)
SO: Hernandez (23)

Not much has changed since last week, and that is a story in and of itself. There was no way Daniel Nava could maintain his unearthly batting rates, and a 1-for-6 performance against the Mets brought him back to the planet, or so we thought. Since then, he's gone 3-for-7 to stay at the top in all four rate stats.

Nava has been a nice addition to the bench, but the real story here is Cesar Hernandez, who just continues to rake. He leads the team in 4 categories, but if we limited this list to just regulars, Hernandez would also lead in average (.338), slugging (.563), and OPS (.939). That list includes a team-leading 3 steals and only one caught stealing. Hernandez is playing like a confident guy, and one that is not interested in giving up his job to a minor leaguer any time soon. 

Phillies Current Team Starting Pitching Leaders (minimum 2 starts) 
ERA: Hellickson (1.88) 
IP: Eickhoff (24.2) 
Wins: Hellickson (3)
WHIP: Hellickson (0.71)
Strikeouts: Eickhoff (25) 

Jeremy Hellickson logged seven innings for the second straight outing, and he could have easily gone out for another frame. His ERA and WHIP show just how well he is pitching in the early going.

Eickhoff only lasted 5 innings in his most recent outing, but only allowed one run, giving him a 2.55 ERA for the young season.

Velasquez had his best effort by far in his last start. He gave up three runs on the homer to Bruce, but he kept his pitch count down and pitched to contact. With Buchholz most likely gone for the year, Zach Eflin stepped right in with a 2.25 ERA, including a dominant performance in his last start against the Braves. The Phillies lack a true ace, but they have the type of rotation that will keep them in most ballgames and perhaps flirt with the .500 mark throughout most of the season.

Phillies Current Team Bullpen Leaders (minimum 5 appearances) 
ERA: Neshek/ (0.00) 
IP: Rodriguez (11.0) 
WHIP: Neshek (0.86)
Strikeouts: Ramos (13) 
Games: Neris (10)
Saves: Neris (2)
Holds: Benoit (4)

A lot has changed in the bullpen. The Phillies have moved onto their third closer in Neris, it seems Benoit will be the 8th inning guy, and Joely Rodriguez has rebounded nicely from a horrendous start. After allowing a ghastly 7 earned runs in his first four appearances, Rodriguez hasn't allowed a run in his last five appearances.

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