Phillies Stat Notes -- June 12, 2012

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- Interleague play so far this year
- Phils batters vs. projections
- Twins stats
- Phillies stats vs. same time in 2011: for the last month and a half, they've scored the 3rd most runs, but also allowed the 3rd most
- NL Standings and team stats
- Milestones: Rollins, Thome, Pierre, and Hamels

Interleague Play

The NL is 40-48 (.455) so far in interleague play this year.

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Phillies Hitters vs. Projections

It so happens that Galvis' injury and stint on the DL came at a point when his OPS is exactly where the various projections (on average) said he would be for the year.

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Minnesota Twins

At 24-35 (.407), the Twins have the worst record in the AL, and are in last place in the AL Central, just behind Kansas City. Their hitting is below average (11th in scoring, 10th in wRC+), while their pitching is among the worst in the AL (14th in ERA, 13th in FIP, 12th in xFIP).

Jim Thome returns to where he spent the 2010 season (.283/.412/.627) and most of 2011 (.243/.351/.476) before being traded to Cleveland at the end of August.

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Phillies Team Stats vs. early 2011

Offense
In their first 16 games, the Phillies...
1) scored the 2nd fewest runs, and
2) allowed the 2nd fewest runs

However for most of the season (the last 46 games), the Phillies have...
1) scored the 3rd most runs and
2) allowed the 3rd most runs

Pitching
K/9 has climbed from only 7.34 (9th in the NL) in April, to 8.57 in May (1st), and 9.36 in June (2nd).

The table below now includes HR/9, where the Phillies have jumped 72% from the 0.63 last year at this time, to 1.09 which is tied for 12th.

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Pitching -- Starters vs. Relievers
We've looked at this previously when the bullpen was struggling, but what's striking now is that the relievers' FIP is essentially the same as it was last year.
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NL Standings and Team Stats

The East's dominance shrunk again after last weekend:

Overall records
East ..... .536 (86.9 wins per 162)
Central .. .471 (76.3)
West .... .485 (78.6)

The difference is even bigger when you only look at games outside their own division:

Games outside own division
East ..... .558 (90.4)
Central .. .446 (72.3)
West .... .474 (76.7)

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Upcoming Milestones

Jimmy Rollins

- 3 more runs scored (34 total) will tie him with Richie Ashburn for 3rd on the Phillies list with 1,114. Still ahead will be Mike Schmidt (1,506) and Ed Delahanty (1,367).

- He needs 18 more at bats (264 total) to tie Ashburn for 2nd on the Phillies list with 7,122, behind only Schmidt (8,352).

- Needs 4 more stolen bases (14 for the year) to tie dead-ball era outfielder Sherry Magee for 3rd on the Phillies' list at 387, behind Billy Hamilton (508) and 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.

Juan Pierre
On Friday Pierre scored his 1,000th run, becoming only the 30th player in history (and 19th since 1901) with 2,000 hits, 1,000 runs, and 500 stolen bases. The last 4 to join this club were Tim Raines (2002), Rickey Henderson (2003), Kenny Lofton (2007), and Barry Bonds (2007).

Jim Thome
This was a busy weekend for Thome on the milestone front:
- Friday's game was the 2,500th of his career (51st in history to play in that many).
- He struck out twice on Friday to become the second player in history to reach 2,500, joining Reggie Jackson (2,597).
- On Saturday he passed Gary Sheffield for 25th in RBIs on the All-time list, and is now at 1,678. Ahead are Cal Ripken Jr. (1,695), Reggie Jackson (1,702), and Frank Thomas (1,704).

Cole Hamels
Needs 20 Ks to tie Jim Bunning for 6th on the Phillies' all-time list, with 1,197. He's already third in Phillies history among lefties, behind Steve Carlton (3,031), and Chris Short (1,585).

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