Phillies 2017 Record: 24-51
110 losses, here we come! Just another 2-win week for the Phils, but hey, it beats the one-win week before this one. And how about this? They broke the top 10 worst Phillies winning percentages in team history! Next up is a real juggernaut: the 107-loss 1961 Phils, who played 155 games.
Here are the leaders after game number 75:
Phillies Current Team Hitting Leaders (minimum 100 at-bats)
Average: Kendrick (.361)
OBP: Kendrick (.418)
SLG: Altherr (.519)
OPS: Kendrick (.910)
HR: Altherr/Joseph (12)
RBI: Altherr (39)
Runs: Hernandez (40)
Extra-base hits: Herrera (31)
BB: Franco (23)
SO: Herrera (72)
SB: Kendrick (8)
Phillies Current Team Starting Pitching Leaders (minimum 6 starts)
ERA: Nola (4.32)
IP: Hellickson (90.0)
Wins: Hellickson (5)
WHIP: Hellickson (1.26)
Strikeouts: Eickhoff (65)
Phillies Current Team Bullpen Leaders (minimum 10 appearances)
ERA: Neshek (0.59)
IP: Neris (32.1)
WHIP: Neshek (0.78)
Strikeouts: Ramos (36)
Games: Ramos (38)
Saves: Neris (6)
Holds: Benoit (11)
Somehow Odubel Herrera keeps working his way into these updates, even though his OBP is 11th on the team, he has the most strikeouts, and the 8th most walks, despite having the second-most at-bats. Yet he taunts you with his natural hitting ability:
Odubel Herrera has 25 doubles, 9 more than anybody else on the team. Hard to believe for a player with a .294 OBP.— Scott Butler (@PhilsBball) June 28, 2017
But does it overcome a complete recklessness and lack of focus? It's like Herrera is creating new ways to frustrate people that they weren't even aware of.
Running through a stop sign? It happens, although normally not when the player literally has to run around the third base coach.
Dropped fly balls? Even Ashburn did that.
But forgetting to run on a 3-2 count with two outs? Not quite as common.
And ignoring a red light on the bases? Can't remember hearing that one before.
These are the types of decisions that get managers fired. Good luck with that, Pete.
Let's move things back in a positive direction. Howie Kendrick leads the team in average, OBP, and OPS. He shows more fundamentals in one game than most of his teammates show in a whole road trip. Maybe he can rub off on his teammates, but hopefully not for much longer. Kendrick deserves a ticket out of here, but he's gotta get over this hamstring thing and stay on the field.
Aaron Altherr continues to slip, but at least now it's more of a slow drip. He only grabbed one extra-base hit this week, but batted .321, one of four hitters to do so.
Six Phillies hitters batted .222 or lower this week (Rupp, Franco, Knapp, Joseph, Blanco, and Perkins), with the last three hitting under .200. It's weeks like that which produce this:
Phils offense has 3rd worst avg in MLB & 2nd fewest runs scored. They're on pace for 5.6 more runs than 2016 team that finished dead last.— Scott Butler (@PhilsBball) June 28, 2017
The pitching wasn't much better last week. Let's begin with a player who is now pitching in the minors: Edubray Ramos, who lost 2 games in the past seven days.
Ramos on pace for 15 L's. Only 2 Phillies pitchers in last 10 yrs reached that many (Harang 2015 & Burnett 2014) - they were both starters— Scott Butler (@PhilsBball) June 26, 2017
Pivetta had a horrific outing, Lively struggled in his one start, and the difficulties for Benoit and Neris this season continued.
But there were bright spots. Mark Leiter, Jr. completely shut down the D-backs, Nola had a strong outing, Neshek continues to put up zeroes, and Luis Garcia is pitching his way towards being the closer. Oh, and Adam Morgan pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings on Monday.
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