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Phillies team leaders and notes - May 7
by Scott Butler 5/7/18

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Phillies 2018 Record: 18-15
2nd Place in NL East, 1 game back of 1st place Braves
3-7 in their last 10 games

Well, that sure was a rough one yesterday. Hunter and Neris just could not find the strike zone. Tough way to lose after one of the best pitching duels from Scherzer and Arrieta we might see all season. The Phils had a chance to tie the Braves for the division lead, put the Nats under .500, and play even on the road trip. But still, the Phils are just a game out of first with plenty of baseball left.

This week's notes:

Odubel Herrera has been outstanding this season. He has reached base in every game, he is tied for second in the league with a .333 average, along with 7 doubles, 11 extra base hits, and superb defense. Fans get on him for his boneheaded plays, but Herrera is still a tremendous baseball player and a key part of the success of this ball club.

Rhys Hoskins is still in a funk, and he has dropped off a couple of the leader categories. His overall numbers are still very good: triple slash of .282/.429/.509 and an OPS of .938. He has delivered a few nice hits, but he is batting .160 in the last seven days with 11 strikeouts in 25 at-bats. Hoskins has given us no reason to believe this is anything more than a slump, though.

Maikel Franco is quietly performing at a very high level. His average is up to .283 (ahead of Hoskins now) and his home runs and RBI both lead the team. That RBI total means something. Unlike recent years where he batted in the cleanup spot almost every night, he has been batting sixth or lower most of the time where RBI chances aren't as plentiful. More importantly, he looks much more poised than in the past. He is taking pitches the other way, seems to be seeing pitches better, and he rarely takes those wild hacks that had almost become his trademark.

Aaron Nola is just unbelievable. His 6.90 strikeout rate isn't all that impressive, but he is inducing weak contact and simply pitching like an ace. Batters are hitting .196 off him, he has a 0.92 WHIP, and he is still limiting walks at a rate of 2.17 per nine. Overall, his 2.17 ERA is good enough for 7th in the National League.

Jake Arrieta is exactly what the Phillies hoped he would be. Scherzer grabbed the headlines yesterday, but you could argue Arrieta's efficiency made him the better pitcher. His movement is spectacular, his velocity is fine, and he has a strong presence in this club house.

Let's not ignore how impressive Drew Hutchison has been. He sports a 2.76 ERA in 16 1/3 innings this season and he has really saved some of those arms in the bullpen. With Mark Leiter out, Hutchison has stepped in nicely.

Now let's get to it. Here are the leaders after game number 33.

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

Average: Herrera (.333) 
OBP: 
Hoskins  (.429) 
SLG: Franco (.535) 
OPS: Hoskins (.938)
HR: 
Franco (6)
RBI: Franco (26) 
Runs: Hernandez (22) 
Extra-base hits: 
Hoskins (15)
BB: 
Hoskins (27)
SO: 
Hoskins (39
SB: Hernandez (5)

Phillies Current Team Starting Pitching Leaders (minimum 5 starts) 

ERA: Nola (2.17) 
IP: Nola (45.2) 
Wins: Nola  (4)
WHIP: 
Nola (0.92)
Strikeouts: Velasquez (38) 


Phillies Current Team Bullpen Leaders (minimum 9 appearances) 

ERA: Ramos (0.63
IP: 
Hutchison (16.1
WHIP: Arano (0.67
)
Strikeouts: Ramos (
17
Games: 
Garcia (18)
Saves: Neris (
6)
Holds: Garcia/Morgan (
6)

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