Phillies Stat Notes -- Utley Isn't Elite, He's Simply the Best; Howard Second Fastest to 300

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Contents
- Utley: best second baseman of 2012
- Phillies' wild card hopes evaporating
- Phils batters vs. projections
- Phillies stats vs. 2011, and vs. the Nationals
- NL Standings and team stats
- Milestones: Howard to 300, Rollins, et al

Utley: Best Second Baseman in Baseball

No, not just the best for the past several years. This year. When he's been on the field this year, no one has been better. With 3.1 (f)WAR, Utley ranks 9th among second basemen in the majors, and 5th in the NL. But he's produced that in only 74 games, and when everyone is normalized to a full season (whether it be 162 games or 700 PAs) no one has played the position better than Utley this year:

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Among second basemen with 200+ PAs, Utley has the highest OBP, 4th highest SLG, and 4th highest OPS (and wRC+).

So you're telling me there's a chance...

NL Wildcard standings:

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The Phillies must win 8 of their last 9, the Cardinals have to implode, and the Brewers and Dodgers have to be meh. That's all.

Progression of games vs. .500 since 2007; the all-star break was after game 87 this year
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Phillies Hitters vs. Projections

Phillies hitters' OPS compared to the past three years, and to what various projection systems predicted for 2012. Also includes recent trends (last 30 and last 7 days):
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Phillies Team Stats vs. 2011 and vs. the Nationals

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NL Standings and Team Stats

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Milestones

Jimmy Rollins
- Rollins needs 5 more total bases (266 total) to tie Ed Delahanty for 2nd most in Phillies history with 3,230, behind only Mike Schmidt, who is out of reach at 4,404. Rollins is already 2nd in Phils history in extra base hits.
- Scoring 3 more runs will give give him 100 for the 6th time in his career.
- He nees 4 RBIs (70 total) to tie Cy Williams for 11th in Phillies history, at 795.
- His next triple (6th) will tie Sam Thompson for 3rd on the Phillies list at 106.
More on Rollins' climb up the Phillies record book in this recent milestones post.

Chase Utley
- His hit by pitch yesterday tied him with Chet Lemon for 21st all-time at 151.
- He has 199 home runs and his next one (12th this year) will make him the 9th Phillie to reach 200.

Ryan Howard
- Howard snapped out of a long slump a few games too late to get to 300 fastest than anyone (as he had for previous milestones), but nevertheless he has reached 300 in the 2nd fewest games in history: Ralph Kiner needed 1,087 games, and Howard reached it in 1,093:

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Below are the fastest in terms of fewest at bats -- Howard had set the record for the first 100 and first 200 home runs, before falling off the pace:

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- In other stats, Howard's next extra base hit will tie Pat Burrell for 9th most in Phillies history, at 518.

Roy Halladay
- Halladay's loss on Saturday was the 100th of his career.
- He needs 2 wins (12 total) to reach 200, and when he does he will become the 3rd active pitcher with 200+, joining Jamie Moyer (269) and Andy Petitte (243).

Cliff Lee
- Lee needs 5 Ks to reach 200 for the 2nd time in his career. Last year (238) was his first.

Jonathan Papelbon
- His next save (37th) will tie Todd Worrell for 30th All-time at 256.

For reference:
- MLB All-time leaders: Hitting and Pitching
- Phillies All-time leaders: Hitting and Pitching

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