Chase Utley is still among the best second basemen in the game, both at the plate and in the field.
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The .620 winning percentage needed to get to 88 wins is a 100-win pace, and a 32% improvement over the .470 winning percentage they've had so far. Here is how that 32% improvement in the last 79 games compares to recent years:
- Phillies Hitters vs. Projections
- Phillies Team Stats vs. 2012 and vs. the Pirates
- NL Standings and team stats
- Upcoming Milestones
Phillies Hitters vs. Projections
Still The Man: Now that we are in what could conceivably be Chase Utley's last month in a Phillies uniform, there will likely be much written about his years as arguably one of the two (or fewer) best players in baseball in 2005-09, and his injury-plagued but still very productive 2010-12.
But there's plenty of time for that. For now, let's just consider how he's doing so far this year, compared to other MLB second basemen:
fWAR: despite missing a month of the season, he's been the 5th most valuable MLB second baseman:
Carpenter 4.1, Pedroia 3.2, Kipnis 3.2, Cano 2.7, UTLEY 2.5
fWAR/700 PA: adjusting for playing time, Utley has been the 2nd best second baseman when on the field:
Carpenter 8.1, UTLEY 7.8, Kipnis 7.0, Pedroia 6.0, Infante 5.5
wRC+: 3rd best hitter...
Kipnis 153, Carpenter 149, UTLEY 138, Cano 137, Kendrick 130
UZR: 4th most runs saved...
Barney 6.7, Carpenter 5.9, Phillies 5.9, UTLEY 5.8, Infante 5.5
UZR per 162G: Adjusting for playing time, best fielding second baseman by UZR...
UTLEY 17.4, Barney 16.4, Phillies 12.7, Carpenter 12.4, Infante 12.0
Also: Revere is now up to essentially what was expected of him this year (offensively).
Phillies Team Stats vs. 2012 and vs. the Pirates
Pitching and Defense
NL Standings and Team Stats
Milestones likely to be reached over the next week or so...
- Rollins' next steal (9th) will pass Ed Delahanty for 2nd most in Phillies history.
- His next caught stealing (6th) will tie him with Tony Taylor for 3rd in Phils history at 89. Caught stealing have been tracked since 1951.
- Rollins is sitting at 999 career strikeouts, and his next one will make him the 7th Phillie in history to strike out 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.
- Six more RBIs (34 this year) will tie Pat Burrell for 8th most in Phils history at 827.
- 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 next HBP (3rd this year) will tie Brady Anderson for 19th all-time at 154.
- Three more extra base hits (26 total) will tie him with Johnny Callison for 9th in Phils history, at 534.
- Four more doubles (14) will tie Richie Ashburn for 8th most, with 287.
- 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.
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