Phillies with the best record in the NL East since April 19th, but playoff chances remain under 7%. Utley now 20th in MLB history in getting hit by a pitch.
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Records in the 2+ months since April 19th (latching onto any good news):
- Phillies Hitters vs. Projections
- Phillies Team Stats vs. 2012 and vs. the Dodgers
- NL Standings and team stats
- Upcoming Milestones
Phillies Hitters vs. Projections
Chooch is showing signs of getting comfortable. And Dom Brown with a good last week.
Phillies Team Stats vs. 2012 and vs. the Dodgers
Solo Home Runs: Top three in the NL in solo home runs as % of all home runs:
1. Reds 71.1%
2. Phillies 71.0%
3. Dodgers 68.9%
Double Plays: The Phillies have grounded into double plays in 13.7% of their opportunities, 2nd highest in the NL. Only Miami with 14.0% is higher.
Stolen Bases: Phils are now 4th in all three stolen base categories: attempts, success rate, and steals.
Men on 3rd, less than 2 out: just noting it because it's kind of surprising given some very frustrating failures, but the Phils are right at the NL average of 50%, and rank 7th out of 15.
Plate Discipline: The Dodgers rank highly in all of the plate discipline stats: taking the first pitch, getting to a hitter's count, and then being patient in those counts. So they see a lot of pitches, and walk at an above average rate.
Pitching and Defense
Bullpen: The Phillies' rankings are all in agreement: bullpen ERA, FIP, and xFIP are all dead last.
NL Standings and Team Stats
Milestones likely to be reached over the next week or so...
- His steal on Tuesday was the 411th of his career, tying him with Ed Delahanty for 2nd most in Phillies history. Billy Hamilton (1890-95), remains the Phils' all-time leader and is beyond Rollins' reach.
- Rollins is sitting at 998 career strikeouts, and 2 more will make him the 7th Phillie in history to K 1,000 times. He's also 7th in Phils history in walks.
- He needs 4 more doubles (21 total) to tie Delahanty as the Phillies' all-time leader, with 442.
- He also needs 3 more home runs to reach 200 for his career, becoming the 10th Phillie to do so. That will make Rollins just the 9th player (and only shortstop) in MLB history to have 2,000 hits, 400 stolen bases, and 200 home runs.
- Utley's HBP in the 13th inning last night was the 153rd of his career and tied him with Hall of Fame outfielder Fred Clarke for 20th place all-time.
- His next one (3rd this year) will tie Brady Anderson for 19th all-time.
Utley is 4th among active players, behind Jason Giambi (177), Alex Rodriguez (167), and Derek Jeter (163).
- He needs 3 strikeouts (102 total) to tie Grover Cleveland Alexander (1911-17, 1930) for 5th most in Phils history.
- His next win (3rd this year) will tie him with Kid Carsey (1892-97) for 11th on the Phils' all-time list, at 94.
- The one after that (4th) will tie Tully Sparks (1897, 1903-10) for 10th.
Raul Ibanez Update
No one in baseball history has hit 30 home runs in a season when they were 41 (or older). Ibanez hit is 18th last night, and is on pace for 37.
His OPS+ is 130, and if he finishes the season with that it will be the 6th highest in history by a 41+ year old. The 5 seasons with higher OPS+ were by Barry Bonds (2006-07), Stan Musial (1962), and Carlton Fisk (1989-90).
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