Items after the jump:
- Phils batters vs. projections
- Phillies stats vs. early 2011
- NL Standings and team stats
- Upcoming milestones
Also: not bad with runners in scoring position
Have they been the second best offense in the NL for the past 28 days?
- 2nd in runs per game in the 26 games since 4/23
- highest % of games with 3 runs or more (77%, 20 of 26)
- 2nd highest % of games with 4 runs or more (69%, 18 of 26)
Phillies' Hitters vs. Projections
Phillies Team Stats vs. early 2011 and vs. Nationals
First 16 games: 2.7 runs per game (15th in the NL)
Last 26 games: 4.9 runs per game (2nd)
The table below now includes wOBA, wRC+, FIP, and xFIP, as well as starter vs. reliever FIP.
Taking another look at the Phillies' starters and relievers compared to early 2011, ERA and FIP tell two different stories:
ERA: starters are as good as last year, but relievers are much worse
FIP: starters are worse than last year, but relievers are actually about the same (they weren't that great a year ago).
NL Standings and Team Stats
These are probably at least two weeks away:
Needs 5 more stolen bases (14 for the year) to tie dead-ball era outfielder Sherry Magee for 3rd on the Phillies' all-time list at 387, behind Billy Hamilton (508) and Ed Delahanty (412). In fact Rollins has been the Phillies' leader for the post-1920 era ever since he passed Larry Bowa's 288 back in 2008. Surprising perhaps, but Richie Ashburn only stole 199 with the Phillies, partly because he played in an era where there was much less stealing. He led the league once, in his 1948 rookie season, with 32.
Needs 16 more strikeouts for 2,000 in his career. He will become the 67th pitcher to reach 2,000, and the 5th who is still active (Jamie Moyer 2,434, Andy Pettitte 2,262, CC Sabathia 2,082, and Kevin Millwood 2,011).
ADDENDUM: Hitting with runners in scoring position
After hearing on my trip home how hitting with runners in scoring position has been the Phillies' biggest problem all year, it's worth doing a quick update.
NL Averages with men in scoring position:
The Phillies and their NL rank:
BA .264 (4th)
OBP .329 (10th)
SLG .385 (6th)
OPS .714 (8th)
They have a league-average offense, so they SHOULD have league-average RISP stats as well. The fact that their average is actually 4th, and well above the league average is actually very encouraging.