Phillies monthly review: May 2017
by Scott Butler 6/1/17

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Yikes. That is your detailed review of the month of May for the Phillies. They were outscored in the month, 163-99. They finished the month 6-22, their worst May record since 1928. Their 17-34 start is the franchise's worst start through 51 games since 1945.

The Phils began the month on the heals of a three-game sweep to the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers in which they were in every game. They completed the month with a three-game sweep at the hands of the Marlins. The second worst team in baseball heading into the series destroyed the Phillies by a combined 21-5 margin.

The Phillies have the worst record in baseball - 3 games worse than any other team - and have lost 25 of their last 31 games. They lost every series in the month and have lost 10 straight series.

The Phillies ranked 13th in runs scored per game, last in starting pitching ERA, 12th in bullpen ERA, and last in overall ERA. They were out performed in every basic category. Here's what that looks like:

Phillies versus opponents differential

  Phillies Opponents Difference
Hits 217 279 -62
Doubles 50 81 -31
Triples 2 7 -5
Homers 28 46 -18
Walks 86 100 -14
Strikeouts 228 190 +38
Runs 99 163 -64
Steals 9 12 -3

That's how you win 6 games in an entire month.


The Phils get a much needed (although not deserved) day off before facing off against the Giants in a brand new month. To the numbers we go:

Phillies May Win/Loss Totals

Record: 6-22
Home record: 3-9
Road record: 3-13
Top winning streak: 1
Top losing streak: 5 (twice)
Series record: 0-9
Began month: 11-12, 5 games behind 1st place Nationals, tied with Marlins for second place.
Finished month: 17-34, last place, 15.5 games behind 1st place Nationals & 4 games behind 4th place Marlins.

Phillies Totals and NL Rankings for month of May

Phillies Team Hitting May Totals 
Average: .230 (12th) 
Runs: 99 (13th) 
Runs/game: 3.54 (13th) 
HR: 28 (11th) 
BB: 86  (t-11th) 
SO: 228 (9th most) 
OBP: .300 (13th) 
SLG: .376 (12th) 
OPS .676 (13th)

Phillies Team Pitching May Totals
ERA: 5.49 (last) 
ER: 151
IP: 247.1

Phillies Starting Pitching May Totals
ERA: 6.55 (last) 
ER: 1005
IP: 144.1

Phillies Relief Pitching May Totals
ERA: 4.11 (12th) 
ER: 47
IP: 103

Phillies Season Totals and NL Rankings through May

Phillies Team Hitting Season Totals 
Average: .240 (11th) 
Runs: 205 (last) 
Runs/game: 4.02 (12th) 
HR: 53 (11th) 
BB: 156  (11th) 
SO: 432 (7th most) 
OBP: .307 (13th) 
SLG: .398 (12th) 
OPS .705 (12th)

Phillies Team Pitching Season Totals
ERA: 4.95 (last) 
ER: 248
IP: 450.2

Phillies Starting Pitching Season Totals
ERA: 5.33 (14th) 
ER: 162
IP: 273.1

Phillies Relief Pitching Season Totals
ERA: 4.42 (12th) 
ER: 87
IP: 177.1

Phillies May Win/Loss Chart

Phillies 2016 August Win Loss Chart

Phillies May Event Recap

@Cubs May 1-4
(Phillies lose series 1-3)

Game 1: After rain delay, Joseph 3-run homer highlighted 4-run first and Phils scored 7 runs in first two innings and Altherr knocked in 3 runs in 10-2 win.
Game 2: 2 out walk by John Lester off Hellickson began 4-run burst in 4th in 8-3 loss.
Game 3: Eickhoff and bullpen allow 4 runs in 6th and Phils blow 3-1 lead in 5-4 loss.
Game 4: Phils chase Lackey after 5 innings and Eflin pitches 7 innings, but Benoit blows lead in 8th. Phils lose in 13th with walk-off error when Galvis's errant throw couldn't complete double play.

(Phillies lose series 1-2)

Game 1: Strasburg homers, Pivetta allows 4 runs in 5 innings, and Phils lose 4th straight, 4-2.
Game 2: Velasquez last 7 innings, but allows 2 homers, the last a 3-run blast in 6th after Saunders lost ball in lights and Phils lose 6-2.
Game 3: Hellickson allowed 5 runs in 4.2 innings and Phils were behind 5-2 in the 8th, but Altherr's pinch-hit 3-run homer tied it and Phils won in 10th on walk-off sac fly.

(Phillies swept 0-2)

Game 1: Phils took two 4-run leads with back-to-back homers from Saunders and Joseph for 4-0 lead and 3-run-homer from Altherr to take 9-5 lead, but Eickhoff and bullpen blew both in 10-9 loss. Carlos Ruiz returned for first time and pinch-hit.
Game 2: Altherr's homer tied game at 3, but Benoit allowed 5 runs in 7th and Ruiz knocked in 4 as Phils lost 11-6.

@Nationals May 12-14
(Phillies win series 2-1)

Game 1: Up 4-0, Pivetta allowed 4 runs in the fifth and Harper hit walk-off homer in bottom of ninth in 6-4 loss.
Game 2: Down 3-1 in 9th in first game of double-header, Altherr homered and Phils scored two more runs to take 4-3 lead and held on for win.
Game 3: Leading 4-3 in the 8th Neshek allowed his first runs of the year on a 2-run homer off left field fair pole in 6-5 loss and Phils split double-header.

@Rangers May 16-18
(Phillies lose series 1-2)

Game 1: Phillies couldn't master Darvish and Eickhoff took his 4th loss after a solid 3 run (2 earned), 6 inning outing.
Game 2: Eflin allowed 7 runs in 4 innings in 9-3 loss.
Game 3: Pivetta held Rangers scoreless, but failed to finish fifth inning and Joely Rodriguez became first Phillies pitcher to allow 7 or more runs in less than an inning since Hector Mercado in 2002 in 8-4 loss.

@Pirates May 19-21
(Phillies lose series 1-2)

Game 1: Hellickson allows 2 runs (1 earned) in 6 innings before leaving with lower back injury. Rupp's 3-run homer finished the scoring in 7-2 win.
Game 2: Velasquez stumbles in 4-run sixth and Phils lose 6-3.
Game 3: Nola eased through 7 innings of one-run ball in his return from DL, but Phils shutout 1-0.

ROCKIES May 22-25
(Phillies lose series 1-3)

Game 1: Phillies manage just 3 hits and Eickhoff allows 4 runs in 6 innings as Phils lose 8-1.
Game 2: Eflin allows 8 runs in 6 innings and Phils scored twice in 8-2 loss.
Game 3: Hellickson allows 7 runs in the third inning, Phils don't get first hit until 5th inning and finish with 3 total in 7-2 loss.
Game 4: Velasquez allows 1 run in five innings, bullpen pitches five scoreless, and Joseph hits homer and walk-off single in 2-1 win in 11 innings. Herrera strikes out in all 5 plate appearances.

REDS May 26-28
(Phillies win series 1-2)

Game 1: Phils muster just 1 hit in 8 innings against Adleman and Nola allows 5 runs in 6 innings, while 9th inning rally falls short in 5-2 loss. Mackanin holds closed door meeting after game.
Game 2: Tommy Joseph hits solo homer and walk-off single in bottom of 9th and bullpen tosses 3.2 scoreless innings in 4-3 win.
Game 3: Eflin gives up 7 runs in five innings and Phils lose 8-4 and lose 9th straight series.

@Marlins May 29-31
(Phillies swept 0-3)

Game 1: Phils get one hit through six innings and Hellickson allows 4 runs in 6 innings and Phils lose 4-1.
Game 2: Velasquez left in the second inning with an elbow injury after just 19 pitches and Phils were crushed 7-2 by Marlins.
Game 3: Nola allows 4 runs in 3 innings and Phils score just 2 runs in 10-2 loss and get swept by Marlins.

Phillies May Highlights and notes

*It's a really short list this month, for obvious reasons.

May 9 - Ruiz returns to Philadelphia for the first time since trade.
May 11 - Phillies sign Mackanin to new contract for one more year with a club option for another season.
May 25 - Joseph hits homer and walk-off single in 2-1 win in 11 innings.
May 27 - Jim Bunning passes away at the age of 85.
May 27 - Tommy Joseph hits second walk-off single in three games.

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