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Phillies team leaders and notes - Memorial Day edition
by Scott Butler 5/28/18

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Phillies 2018 Record: 29-21
2nd Place in NL East, .5 game back of 1st place Braves
5-5 in their last 10 games

It's on to the west coast for the Phils for a tough ten game road trip against the Dodgers, Giants, and Cubs. More importantly, it's this week's leader board!

This week's notes:

It's been a struggle for the offense lately. In the last six games, the Phillies have scored 3.2 runs per game. It also shows how solid the pitching has been, considering the Phillies won half of those games. Over that same six-game span, the pitching has allowed 2.5 runs per game.

A big reason for the offensive lull is that Odubel Herrera has cooled off lately. He's hitting .200 over his last 7 games with no walks, 7 strikeouts, just one run scored and no RBI, dropping his average to 4th best in the league at .331. It's the first hiccup in a truly amazing season. Herrera is the best hitter on this team, and you can see how the club struggles when he is not hitting. Despite this minor rough patch, Herrera still leads the team in all of the major rate categories.

Rhys Hoskins is close to dropping off the leader board completely. After a furious start to the season, his numbers now are hard to look at: a triple slash of .234/.367/.415 with an OPS of .782. In his last 25 games, he is hitting .220 with 2 homers and 9 RBI. He has 12 walks and 33 strikeouts during that time frame.

He joins a large group of Phillies with unsightly batting averages.

Altherr - .194
Santana - .207
Kingery - .221
Hoskins - .234
Williams - .237
Alfaro - .238

Not to mention Crawford's .188 average and Knapp's .154 average.

Even the normally stable Cesar Hernandez is hitting just .263.

Frankly, it is hard to believe there are 8 MLB teams with worse team batting averages than the Phillies' .236 mark. One big reason besides the pitching that the Phillies remain afloat is that they have the third most walks in baseball (200).

The pitching has been a different story. We keep waiting for a starter to stumble and it really hasn't happened. The Phillies' 3.33 ERA among their starters is the fifth best in baseball. Just look at these ERA's:

Nola - 2.27
Arrieta - 2.45
Pivetta - 3.26
Velasquez - 4.18
Eflin - 3.27

Truly astounding.

Speaking of astounding, "Sir Anthony" Dominguez deserves to be knighted for his performance this season. Appearing in some of the most pressurized situations, Dominguez has allowed just 2 hits, still hasn't issued a free pass, and has 10 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings.

His WHIP is 0.19.

Credit the Phillies for converting him to a reliever to get him to The Show quickly, and credit Dominguez for crushing everything.

Until next week...enjoy your Memorial Day and don't forget the men and women who gave their lives so we can enjoy Phillies baseball in this wonderful country.

Here are the leaders after game number 50.

Phillies Current Team Hitting Leaders (minimum 60 at-bats)

Average: Herrera (.331) 
OBP: 
Herrera  (.396) 
SLG: Herrera (.519) 
OPS: Herrera (.915)
HR: 
Santana (9)
RBI: Santana (32) 
Runs: Hernandez (35) 
Extra-base hits: 
Santana (21)
BB: 
Hoskins (34)
SO: 
Hoskins (58
SB: Hernandez (9)

Phillies Current Team Starting Pitching Leaders (minimum 5 starts) 

ERA: Nola (2.27) 
IP: Nola (71.1) 
Wins: Nola  (6)
WHIP: 
Nola (0.98)
Strikeouts: Nola/Pivetta (67) 


Phillies Current Team Bullpen Leaders (minimum 9 appearances) 

ERA: Dominguez (0.00
IP: 
Garcia (21.2
WHIP: Arano (0.19
)
Strikeouts: Neris (
25
Games: 
Garcia (26)
Saves: Neris (
9)
Holds: Garcia (
9)

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