Phillies team leaders and notes - September 10
by Scott Butler 9/10/17

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Phillies 2017 Record: 54-88

I know cheating is a bad thing, but I just can't help myself. I need to have me some Rhys Hoskins on the leaderboard. 100 at-bats is hardly enough to qualify as a leader, but it's gonna have to be in this case since Rhys has 104 at-bats. That also means Howie Kendrick would make this report, but he plays for the stupid Nats and homered off us, so he is out!

Here's what the leader board looks like with Hoskins in it after game number 142:

Phillies Current Team Hitting Leaders (minimum 100 at-bats)

Average: Hoskins (.308
Hoskins  (.433
SLG: Hoskins (.
OPS: Hoskins (1
Joseph  (21)
RBI: Franco/Joseph (
Runs: Hernandez (
Extra-base hits: 
Herrera (52)
Hernandez (47)
Joseph (122
SB: Hernandez (14)

Phillies Current Team Starting Pitching Leaders (minimum 6 starts) 

ERA: Nola (3.71) 
IP: Nola (148.0) 
Wins: Nola (10)
Nola (1.24)
Strikeouts: Nola (156) 

Phillies Current Team Bullpen Leaders (minimum 10 appearances) 

ERA: Milner (1.93
Neris (64.2
WHIP: Garcia (1.17
Strikeouts: Neris (
Neris (65)
Saves: Neris (
Holds: Garcia (

Hitting Notes:

You have to wonder if Hoskins is a name we will see at the top for a long time. Obviously his rates won't be quite as spectacular, but he hopefully has the type of approach that will create great things over a long period of time.

The fact that Franco is still not leading the team in homers shows just how dreadful his season has been. It was fitting that he was the first player J.P. Crawford replaced.

Pitching Notes:

There aren't many surprises on the starters side, as Nola is the unquestioned ace of this staff. The bullpen, however, has taken a different form with Neshek and Benoit no longer here. Hoby Milner is not a name many would expect to appear anywhere on this list, but he has done a nice job since his call-up.

The one that surprises me the most is Luis Garcia. I said it in Spring Training that I didn't think Garcia should be protected from the Rule 5 Draft, and I couldn't be wronger (even grammatically). He is the current leader in WHIP and holds, and might be the top choice to close next season if the Phils decide to move Neris (which isn't likely).

It takes some players longer to mature than others, and that appears to be the case with the 30-year-old Garcia. Until this season, Garcia was proof that you just can't throw it hard enough for big league hitters. He had no idea of the strike zone, and the strikes he threw were meaty ones. This year, though, he has learned how to control his pitches, which allows his natural stuff to do what it does.

100 losses update:

For those of you still counting, the Phils need to do no worse than 9-11 to avoid their first 100-loss seasons since 1961.

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