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Phillies team leaders - May 22
by Scott Butler 5/22/17

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Phillies 2017 Record: 15-26

It's hard to believe the Phils were just one game under .500 when this month began. A 4-14 month of May has put them on a pace for 103 losses. Things got ugly in a hurry starting with the Cubs series, and last week was just a continuation - the Phils won 1 game and lost 5 since the last post. Let's just hope this is the low point of the season.

To the leader board we go, and please be sure to remind Odubel Herrera where it's at.

Phillies Current Team Hitting Leaders (minimum 50 at-bats)

Average: Nava (.305
OBP: 
Nava  (.425
SLG: Altherr (.
607
OPS: Altherr (
.998)
HR: Altherr  (
8)
RBI: Franco (2
8
Runs: Hernandez (
33
Extra-base hits: Alther
r (17)
BB: 
Hernandez (17)
SO: 
Herrera (42
SB: Hernandez (6)

One player who owned this list last season appears just once...in strikeouts. Odubel Herrera is in a really bad place.  He hit .125 over the past week with zero walks and 6 strikeouts. He is hitting .236 on the season with a frighteningly low .289 on-base percentage. He doesn't walk, he strikes out too much, and now he apparently doesn't leave the box when his bat makes contact with baseballs.

Herrera has 11 walks and 42 strikeouts for the season compared to 29 walks and 29 strikeouts with the same amount of games last season. The player who Pete Mackanin felt could win a batting title in his career (and I still agree) can barely give a professional at-bat anymore.

Herrera was by no means the only Phillies hitter who faltered at the plate this week, though, as 8 players batted below .200. Included in that list is Aaron Altherr, who was due for a regression at some point. He batted .174 with just one extra base hit.

Hernandez hit .190 and dropped below .300 (.296) for the first time this season.

Saunders hit .150 in a disappointing season that has him with a .232 average for the year.

On the positive side, Franco started to hit and grabbed three extra base hits for the week.

Phillies Current Team Starting Pitching Leaders (minimum 3 starts) 
ERA: Hellickson (
3.44
IP: Hellickson (
49.2) 
Wins: Hellickson (
5)
WHIP: 
Hellickson (1.03)
Strikeouts: Velasquez (
45

Eflin no longer leads the way in ERA. His numbers are covered with a few more clouds after getting roughed up for the first time. Eflin clearly had nothing against the Rangers and his 4 inning, 7 earned run outing lifted his ERA from 2.81 to 4.25. Hellickson rebounded from a couple tough ones, though.

Velasquez’s ERA is 8.44 and he is averaging 5.46 innings per start. No need to elaborate there.

Phillies Current Team Bullpen Leaders (minimum 6 appearances) 
ERA: Neshek (
1.17
IP: 
Rodriguez (20.2
WHIP: Neshek (0.
85)
Strikeouts: Ramos (
23
Games: Neris
/Ramos (20)
Saves: Neris (
4)
Holds: Benoit (
8)

Outside of an atrocious outing by Joely Rodriguez, it wasn't a terrible week for the bullpen. In fact, the blame seems to be shifting from the bullpen to a starting rotation that refuses to give innings. Rodriguez only pitched one game this week, but maybe that's because he allowed a month's worth of runs in that one outing: he was battered for 6 hits, 2 walks, and 7 earned runs in just two-thirds of an inning.

I will end this depressing post with this:

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