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Phillies team leaders and notes - June 12
by Scott Butler 6/12/17

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Phillies 2017 Record: 21-40

After winning four straight, it seemed like the Phillies were finally through the worst of it, but then they lost five straight to the Braves and Cards, both bad teams. They are now at a season worst 19 games under .500.

I have a good feeling about this Red Sox series. They are second in the AL East and the Phils are the worst in baseball. The Sox are great at home and the Phils are awful on the road. But baseball is a funny game. Phils win both games at Fenway.

Here are the leaders after game number 61:

Phillies Current Team Hitting Leaders (minimum 70 at-bats)

Average: Altherr (.289
OBP: 
Altherr  (.369
SLG: Altherr (.
538
OPS: Altherr (
.907)
HR: Joseph  (
10)
RBI: Altherr (
32
Runs: Hernandez (
40
Extra-base hits: 
Herrera (28)
BB: 
Hernandez (20)
SO: 
Herrera (55
SB: Hernandez (6)

Phillies Current Team Starting Pitching Leaders (minimum 6 starts) 
ERA: 
Nola (4.40
IP: Hellickson (
72.0
Wins: Hellickson (
5)
WHIP: 
Hellickson (1.25)
Strikeouts: Eickhoff (
57) 

Phillies Current Team Bullpen Leaders (minimum 6 appearances) 
ERA: Neshek (0.78) 
IP: 
Neris (27.1) 
WHIP: Neshek (0.78)
Strikeouts: Ramos (33) 
Games: Neris
/Ramos (28)
Saves: Neris (5)
Holds: Benoit (8)

NOTES:

Finally, a good week for El Torito, who for the first time earned back his cool nickname.  He batted .414 with a homer, 5 RBIs, and 7 doubles.  His last eight games brought his average up from .223 to .257.

How nice is Howie Kendrick’s bat in the lineup?  Kendrick was hitting .333 when he went on the DL. Since returning to the Fightins, he has actually improved that mark. He hit .412 over the week to improve to .342 on the season.

Aaron Altherr is still coming down off an unsustainable hot streak, but he came back with a .333 average for the week with a homer and 2 doubles and he still leads in just about every important category. It will be interesting to see where his numbers finish.

Maikel Franco seems like he is really taking to Stairs’ hitting velocity.  His swings are more under control, he’s more patient, and his GM tells us his exit velocity and launch angles are good.  But he can’t hit.  I mean at all.  His nightmare season seems to be getting worse and worse.  He reached base just 4 times all week.  And he struck out six times compared to just one walk.  If there is a silver lining, Pat Burrell batted .209 in his fourth season at the age of 26, and that is after signing a big contract. 2017 is Franco's third mostly full season at age 24, so he might have plenty of time to develop. Or so we hope.

The starting pitching continues to be a problem. That's all I'm willing to say about that.

The only reliever worth writing about is still Pat Neshek, who had another perfect week. He deserves to be the closer right now.

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