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Phillies team leaders and notes - Memorial Day edition
by Scott Butler 5/29/17

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Phillies 2017 Record: 17-31

The Phils grabbed a couple of wins this week (literally 2 wins) to slow the mudslide that has become of the 2017 season, but they still have a ways to go. They are the worst team in baseball and on a pace for 105 losses. If you are still watching Phillies games anymore, care to look at the leaders after game 48?

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

Average: Altherr (.303
OBP: 
Altherr  (.395
SLG: Altherr (.
576
OPS: Altherr (
.970)
HR: Altherr/Joseph  (
8)
RBI: Franco (2
8
Runs: Hernandez (
35
Extra-base hits: Alther
r (20)
BB: 
Hernandez (17)
SO: 
Herrera (50
SB: Hernandez (6)

Hitting Notes:

It might be time to sit Odubel...for like a week. Mackanin has been taking the approach of having Herrera work things out for himself rather than benching him, but that method is clearly not working. With as dreadful as Herrera has been at the plate this month, he has found a way to get continually worse - he batted .107 over the past week with three hits, no walks, and 8 strikeouts. And how about this:

Time to give him some time to reset, especially with Kendrick returning from the DL.

It is the same story for Franco, who somehow has also discovered a way to get worse - he batted .111 in the last week. He has no extra base hits in five games and one extra base hit (a double) in his last eight games. He has two home runs this month.

Unlike Herrera, who swings at anything he can reach right now, Franco has been somewhat under control at the plate. We haven't seen too many of those wild swings which were customary last season, so maybe it's just a matter of time. But there does come a point where the results need to show.

If it seems like Aaron Altherr isn't doing much lately, that is more a product of how insanely he was hitting during a torrid stretch earlier this month. After cooling off for a while, Altherr has rebounded a bit, although without the same power numbers. He hit .320 during the past week with 2 doubles, 2 walks, and 10 strikeouts.

Andrew Knapp had himself a nice week. He grabbed 3 hits in 10 at-bats with 2 long balls, one of which traveled 434 feet, the longest all season for the Phils. Mackanin has openly stated he wants to give Knapp more playing time, and the switch-hitting catcher has earned it.

Phillies Current Team Starting Pitching Leaders (minimum 5 starts) 
ERA: Hellickson (
4.28
IP: Eickhoff (
57.0) 
Wins: Hellickson (
5)
WHIP: 
Hellickson (1.15)
Strikeouts: Velasquez (
52

Starting Pitching Notes

Just two updates ago, Zach Eflin led the starters with a 2.81 ERA. Three starts later, Eflin is back with Lehigh Valley, and we can only hope he broke the speed limit on the Northeast Extension to get there. His level of futility in three starts is almost impressive. He allowed 22 runs (all earned) in his last three outings with 30 hits in 15 innings - exactly 2 hits per inning. In just three starts, his ERA increased by over 3 runs, from 2.81 to 6.13.

Jeremy Hellickson leads the starters with a 4.28 ERA - that sums up the season nicely for the Phillies' rotation. There is now only one team (the Reds) with a starting rotation whose ERA is worse than the Phils mark of 5.24.

Phillies Current Team Bullpen Leaders (minimum 6 appearances) 
ERA: Neshek (
0.98
IP: 
Neris (23.1
WHIP: Neshek (0.
87)
Strikeouts: Ramos/Neris (
24
Games: Neris
 (23)
Saves: Neris (
4)
Holds: Benoit (
8)

Bullpen Notes:

Remember when the bullpen couldn't get an out? Now, all of a sudden the relief corpse is the strength of this ballclub. Their 4.23 bullpen ERA is 19th in baseball, which is a huge improvement over the first month and a half. With the woes of the starting pitching and hitting lately, just imagine if the bullpen struggled.

Hector Neris has a scoreless streak of 6 games and has allowed one run in his last ten starts, with 10 strikeouts, and 3 walks.

Since his meltdown against Seattle, Joaquin Benoit has logged 7 straight scoreless frames with a total of 4 baserunners allowed.

Mark Leiter has done a nice job lately of logging some innings and keeping games from reaching embarrassing levels. He also brought his ERA down to 3.60.

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