Phillies team leaders and notes - September 1
by Scott Butler 9/1/18

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Phillies 2018 Record: 72-62
2nd Place in NL East, 2 games behind 1st place Braves
4-6 in their last 10 games

Here we are, September 1st, and the Phils are in contention. Who woulda thunk it coming into this season? And who woulda thunk it after the Phillies lost 8 of 10, blowing leads in excruciating fashion several times along the way. Fortunately for the Phils, few woulda thunk the Braves would be where they are, and they are flawed just like the Phillies and couldn't knock the Phillies out of contention. Thanks Braves!

This week's notes:

Maikel Franco leads the Phillies with a .271 batting average. Just imagine predicting that one entering this season. I had all but given up on Franco early on. So did the Phillies, who essentially benched Franco behind Kingery and Crawford. Franco took his medicine like a pro, and when he was given another chance after Crawford got injured, he was not the same player. Franco's line this season: .271/.315/.476, an OPS of .790, 22 HR, and 66 RBI.

As great as it is to celebrate Franco's resurgence, it's hard to celebrate a .271 average leading the team. It should be Cesar Hernandez or Odubel Herrera at the top of the list. But they have both been so, so disappointing for a long, long time.

Cesar Hernandez batted .215 in the month of August with a .323 OBP and 29 strikeouts, dropping him to .254 for the season with a .358 OBP and a team leading 128 strikeouts.

Odubel Herrera has been even worse, posting a .205 batting average and an unimaginably low .247 OBP. Since the start of June, Herrera is batting .234 with a .280 OBP. He went from batting 3rd most of the season to batting 8th with a real chance of losing his job down the stretch. We all know how streaky Odubel can be. If he gives himself an exaggerated leg kick to his own butt and gets hot like we've him done many times in the past...look out Braves!

Here's your leader board for the first place Phils after game number 134!

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

Average: Franco (.271) 
Hoskins  (.362) 
SLG: Hoskins (.497) 
OPS: Hoskins (.859)
Hoskins (27)
RBI: Hoskins (83) 
Runs: Hernandez (82) 
Extra-base hits: 
Hoskins (57)
Santana (92)
Hernandez (128) 
Hernandez (17)

Phillies Current Team Starting Pitching Leaders (minimum 10 starts) 

ERA: Nola (2.10) 
IP: Nola (176.0) 
Wins: Nola  (15)
Nola (0.97)
Strikeouts: Nola (177) 

Phillies Current Team Bullpen Leaders (minimum 20 appearances) 

ERA: Neshek (1.47
Hunter (52.1
WHIP: Dominguez (0.93
Strikeouts: Dominguez (
Morgan (55)
Saves: Dominguez (
Holds: Hunter (

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