Phillies 2019 Record: 37-29
Tied for 1st Place in NL East with Braves, 4.5 games ahead of 3rd place Mets
4-6 in their last 10 games
Last night was fun! At least if you are a fan of the D-backs or any other team in baseball. The combined 13 homers yesterday was the most in baseball history and last night was the first time the Phillies ever allowed back-to-back-to-back homers to begin a ball game. The Phillies have served up the most homers in the National League and now their lead in the division is down to zero.
Things were going well for the Phils, who won four straight after getting swept by the Dodgers. But they let one slip away on Sunday and the pitching was embarrassing last night. The Phils better be careful, or they might be looking up at the Braves before the two teams match up this weekend.
Despite being perhaps the worst hitter in all of baseball last season, there were still a lot of Scott Kingery backers among fans and baseball experts alike. Those people are looking pretty smart now. Kingery was hot before getting injured and he did not miss a beat when he returned. He leads the team in batting average, slugging percentage, and OPS. With all of the injuries the team has sustained, just imagine where the Phillies would be without Scottie Jetpacks.
One name you don't see much Bryce Harper, but he actually is not having all that bad of a a season. He's hitting .251 with the most walks on the team, the most doubles, and he is second in RBI.
The only thing that seems to missing are the home runs. He is on a pace for exactly 27 homers right now. That isn't exactly something to be embarrassed about. But in a season in which 101 players are in double digits in home runs and 64 players on pace for 30+ homers, the Phillies need more from their expensive slugger.
If Harper goes on one of his hot streaks, though, look out.
Starting pitching is a problem for the Phillies. Zach Eflin is the only Phillies starter with an ERA under four. Here's how the ERA's look:
Eflin: 2.88 ERA
Arrieta: 4.29 ERA
Nola: 4.58 ERA
Pivetta: 4.93 ERA
Eickhoff: 5.40 ERA
And how's this for a scary thought:
If Nick Pivetta throws 6 scoreless innings in his next start, he will have the same ERA as Jake Arrieta and about 30 points lower than Aaron Nola.— Scott Butler (@PhilsBball) June 11, 2019
That actually might not be the worst thing in the world. It seems safe to assume Nola will pitch better as the season goes on. If Nick Pivetta can continue putting up dominant games like he has on a more regular basis, it transforms the entire starting rotation.
Let's also not overlook just how important Hector Neris has been to the Phillies. He has been a lock-down closer at the time we needed it the most. Things might be even uglier without him.
And let's tip our cap to the bullpen in general. With all the injuries they sustained, the bullpen could have completely fallen apart and they haven't...at least not yet.
66 games in, it's off to the leader board!
Phillies Current Team Hitting Leaders (minimum 100 at-bats)
Average: Kingery (.324)
OBP: Hoskins (.392)
SLG: Kingery (.610)
OPS: Kingery (.970)
HR: Hoskins (14)
RBI: Hoskins (46)
Runs: McCutchen (45)
Extra-base hits: Harper (31)
BB: Hoskins (43)
SO: Harper (85)
SB: Hernandez/Segura (4)
Phillies Current Team Starting Pitching Leaders (minimum 10 starts)
ERA: Eflin (2.88)
IP: Arrieta (79.2)
Wins: Eflin/Nola (6)
WHIP: Eflin (1.19)
Strikeouts: Nola (86)
Phillies Current Team Bullpen Leaders (minimum 15 appearances)
ERA: Neris (1.95)
IP: Neris (27.2)
WHIP: Morgan (0.71)
Strikeouts: Neris (40)
Games: Neris/Dominguez (27)
Saves: Neris (13)
Holds: Morgan (12)