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Phillies team leaders and notes - July 17
by Scott Butler 7/11/17

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Phillies 2017 Record: 30-60

A win yesterday in Milwaukee put the Phillies right back on a pace for losses in exactly two-thirds of their games. Maybe the Phils can beat up on the Marlins and regain some respect in the second half. They need to finish no worse than six games under .500 (33-39) from here on out to avoid 100 losses for the first time since 1961 (that's 56 years). That is a tall task.

The Phillies have some (mostly) welcomed roster shuffles on the way now that Cesar Hernandez (who walked 6 times in his last rehab start) has returned to the active roster and Vince Velasquez should join him tomorrow. On the flip side, Aaron Altherr, the Phillies most productive hitter, is headed to the 10-day.

HITTING NOTES:

You can see below how much the subtraction of Altherr means to this team since he leads in almost every category. It's also interesting to point out that if he can up his OPS by two points by the end of the season, he will be the first Phillies with an OPS of .900 or higher with enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title since Jayson Werth in 2010.

Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera's names appear just one (at least for positive categories), which says all you need to know about the team's struggles this year.

With only 126 at-bats, Kendrick dropped off the list, but he still is up there with the most steals - that's just sad. The Phillies are 22nd in baseball in steals and also 22nd in stolen base percentage. To be so poor in both categories is a major problem, and as I have stated before, someone needs to be held accountable.

PITCHING NOTES:

Aaron Nola has firmly established himself as the leader of the starting staff. For the first time in a long time, Nola is showing why the Phillies drafted him. He is still mostly like a number three starter, but his stuff gives him a ceiling for a number two. If Nola can stay healthy, he is the foundation piece for this starting staff. Hopefully Eickhoff can have a solid second half to regain his form and give some sort of stability to the starting rotation heading into next year. If not, this rebuild may take longer than we hope.

After game number 90, it is off to the leader board we go!

Phillies Current Team Hitting Leaders (minimum 130 at-bats)

Average: Altherr (.288
OBP: 
Nava  (.382
SLG: Altherr (.
539
OPS: Altherr (
.898)
HR: 
Joseph  (15)
RBI: Franco (
47
Runs: Hernandez/Altherr (
40
Extra-base hits: 
Herrera/Altherr (37)
BB: 
Joseph (27)
SO: 
Herrera (86
SB: Kendrick (8)

Phillies Current Team Starting Pitching Leaders (minimum 6 starts) 

ERA: Nola (3.54) 
IP: Hellickson (107.1) 
Wins: Nola/Hellickson (6)
WHIP: 
Nola (1.20)
Strikeouts: Nola (88) 


Phillies Current Team Bullpen Leaders (minimum 10 appearances) 

ERA: Neshek (1.21
IP: 
Neris (39.1
WHIP: Neshek (0.
86)
Strikeouts: Neris (
41
Games: 
Neris (43)
Saves: Neris (
8)
Holds: Benoit (
12)

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