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Phillies team leaders - May 15
by Scott Butler 5/15/17

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Phillies 2017 Record: 14-21

Did they leave yet? You sure? OK, then DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT, NATS! Over one-third of the Phillies' games this season have been against the Washington Nationals and the reward is that we don't have to see them again for another three months. The Phils have actually held their own against the Nats, with a 5-7 record on the season which could easily be the flip of that if they didn't lose three walk-offs to Washington.

Still, the Phils lost two series to the Nationals in the past week, sandwiched around two awful losses against the Mariners. They have lost 9 of their last 11 games.

I do know one thing to lift you up: the leader board! Let's get to it.

Phillies Current Team Hitting Leaders (minimum 30 at-bats)

Average: Altherr/Kendrick (.333
OBP: Altherr  (.
434
SLG: Altherr (.
714
OPS: Altherr (1.
149)
HR: Altherr  (
8)
RBI: Franco (25) 
Runs: Hernandez (
30
Extra-base hits: Alther
r (16)
BB: 
Hernandez (14)
SO: 
Herrera (36
SB: Hernandez (6)

Phillies Current Team Starting Pitching Leaders (minimum 3 starts) 
ERA: Eflin (2.
81
IP: Hellickson (
43.2) 
Wins: Hellickson (4)
WHIP: Eflin (
1.00)
Strikeouts: Velasquez (
39

Phillies Current Team Bullpen Leaders (minimum 6 appearances) 
ERA: Neshek (
1.32
IP: Neris (
20.0
WHIP: Neshek (0.
95)
Strikeouts: Ramos (
21
Games: Neris
/Rodriguez (16)
Saves: Neris (
4)
Holds: Benoit (7)

Notes:

Aaron Altherr is the best player on the roster right now and it isn't even close. Altherr had another who-is-this-guy kind of week. He hit .316 with 4 more homers (more than all but two other players have hit all season) and 8 RBIs. He is turning into the franchise player in front of our eyes.

You know who is not looking like a franchise player? Maikel Franco, the player who seemed to have the best shot at that title. And Odubel Herrera, the only player the Phillies actually committed money to after this season to be a franchise player, or at least a core piece of the future. That team friendly contract ain't looking so friendly lately.

Franco batted .143 with just hits and no walks in the past week. He had just one extra-base hit, and barely even got that much after he decided to admire a would-be home run. Right now, he is not a good hitter, not a good fielder, and apparently doesn't even remember what a home run feels like. Franco is starting to become a real concern.

Odubel Herrera had a better week than Franco statistically, but it sure didn't seem like it. He batted .250, walked just once, and struck out 6 times. One of those strikeouts featured swings at two pitches that barely even registered in the pitch tracker. He's hard to watch right now.

To finish the hitting on a high note, it was nice to see more quality at-bats for Tommy Joseph and Cameron Rupp. Joseph hit 3 homers and batted .500 in the past week, while Rupp batted .455 and had a key hit in the come back in the first game of the doubleheader yesterday.

Overall, it was a decent week offensively with 5.6 runs per game, but the same can't be said of the pitching. Phillies pitchers allowed 36 runs in the last five games (7.2 runs per game) and only one starter (Eflin) made it into the sixth inning. It resulted in a 6.29 ERA as a starting staff.

The bullpen was even worse, with a 7.45 ERA over the week. Benoit was the ugly face of the bullpen, giving up 5 runs and recording just one out...and then blaming his manager. Jake Thompson earned a return trip to the minors and Pat Neshek finally allowed his first runs of the season.

Not much nice to say this week, sorry.

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