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Phillies team leaders - May 8
by Scott Butler 5/8/17

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Phillies 2017 Record: 13-17

Well, that was a fun week. When the Phillies beat the Marlins on April 27, they were 2 games over .500 and owned second place all by themselves. That was before the Phillies went 2-8 in their next ten games, and it could have been 1-9 if Aaaron Altherr didn't put on his superman cape yesterday. On that note, after game number 30...up, up, and away!

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

Average: Altherr (.338
OBP: Nava (.
439
SLG: Altherr (.
631
OPS: Altherr (1.
057)
HR: Franco (5)
RBI: Franco (25) 
Runs: Hernandez (
26
Extra-base hits: Hernandez/Altherr/Herrera/Galvis (
11)
BB: Franco (10)
SB: Hernandez (4)
SO: Hernandez (
32)

Phillies Current Team Starting Pitching Leaders (minimum 3 starts) 
ERA: Eflin (2.42) 
IP: Hellickson (38.2) 
Wins: Hellickson (4)
WHIP: Eflin (0.85)
Strikeouts: Velasquez (34) 

Phillies Current Team Bullpen Leaders (minimum 6 appearances) 
ERA: Neshek (0.00) 
IP: Neris (16.2) 
WHIP: Neshek (0.91)
Strikeouts: Ramos (
18
Games: Neris (16)
Saves: Neris (3)
Holds: Benoit (7)

Some Notes:

A 2-for-12 week finally brought Daniel Nava back to regular human numbers, but another man had a super-human week.

Aaron Altherr went 9-for-21 (.429) in the past week with 2 homers and 8 RBI. He put up a .556 on-base percentage, .857 slugging, and a 1.413 OPS. All I can say is that Howie Kendrick better get that second baseman, first baseman, and whatever baseman gloves oiled up because Altherr has to be in the starting lineup. Every day. And the way Michael Saunders is playing (he is still on the team, right?), he might have to oil those gloves for Howie.

Maikel Franco is tied for sixth on the team in extra base hits (8). I wrote recently how we can expect Franco to break out of his funk, but that just hasn't happened. The guy is hitting .217 with a .292 on-base percentage for the season. This is not good, for him or for us as fans. And then there's this:

And w hat happened to Odubel Herrera?

Even though Aaron Altherr stole the leaderboard from him, Cesar Hernandez just keeps hitting. He batted .364 over the past week, but it's worth pointing out that he had only one extra-base hit. I wonder if the shine might be slowly wearing off the young second baseman. His .419 BABIP suggests he is due for a regression. When then happens, it might start bringing attention to his team-leading strikeout total and uninspiring stolen base numbers.

Just as Daniel Nava returned to human form, Jeremy Hellickson just returned to planet Earth this past week.  His ERA jumped from 1.80 to 3.49, which will happen when you give up 9 ER in 8 2/3 innings.  After allowing 2 homers in his first five starts, he served up 5 in his last two starts. Hellickson’s stumbles have allowed Zach Eflin to stand at the top with a 2.42 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. I like Zach Eflin.

After a rough showing in Los Angeles, the bullpen had a decent week – Neris, Neshek, Ramoz, and Gomez all escaped without any runs allowed.  Hopefully things are finally starting to calm down there.  Do you think Neshek can keep that ERA at 0.00?  My bet is yes, considering the Phils have two days off this week.

Hard to believe the Phillies are 9th in the National League in runs scored, considering the rough starts of their biggest sluggers. Franco, Joseph, and Rupp have 10 homers combined and are hitting a collective .225. Fortunately Hernandez and Altherr have really picked up the slack.

What's not so hard to believe is that the Phils have a far superior offense than last year's squad: their 137 run scored so far this year are 43 more than the 2016 Phils through 30 games. That's nearly a run and a half more per game.

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