Rollins will hopefully get the hits he needs this weekend, before the Phils go on the road.
- NL Standings and team stats
- Phillies Team Stats vs. 2013 and vs. the Cubs
- Individual Stats
- Today in Phillies History
- Upcoming Milestones
NL Standings and Team Stats
Even after their little win streak, the colors below continue to tell a simple story for the Phillies: below average in hitting, and way below average in pitching (and overall).
Tonight they try to win four in a row for the first time in over a year, since they won five straight on June 2nd through the 6th of last year.
Chicago's run differential is only -15 (compared to the Phillies' -40), but the Cubs have played further below their pythagorean expectation than any team in the NL. They've won four fewer games than their run differential would suggest, partly because they are 5-11 in one-runs games (the Phils are 11-11). Not that any a single series is predictable anyway, but the Cubbies may not be quite the patsies they appear to be at first glance.
Phillies Team Stats vs. 2013 and vs. the Cubs
After failing to lead the league in SB success rate last year for the first time in seven seasons, the Phils are back near the top again so far this year. Washington at 83% is the only team in the NL with a better SB%.
Chicago appears to be fairly patient at the plate, tied with the Phils for 2nd most pitches per plate appearance, but there's not much else that they're good at.
They are especially bad at stealing, with by far the worst success rate in the NL (57%).
Phillies hitters at Fangraphs
Cubs hitters at Fangraphs
Pitching and Defense
If the Cubs have a strength it's their pitching, where they rank average or better. Their starters in particular are second in the NL in FIP so far.
The Phils will face righties Jake Arrieta and Edwin Jackson today and tomorrow, and lefty Travis Wood on Sunday.
Phillies pitchers at Fangraphs
Cubs pitchers at Fangraphs
Reid Brignac is furthest over his 2011-13 OPS, John Mayberry the furthest over his average 2014 projection, and Mayberry and Utley are beating the average OPS at their respective positions (LF for JMJ) by the largest percentages:
Today In Phillies History
1945: The Phils lose the first game of a double-header against Boston, their 16th in a row, which would have set a new team record. However, when a suspended game from earlier in the month is completed in July, the Phillies win, nullifying the record loss streak after the fact.
Yesterday (June 12)
1939: Grover Cleveland Alexander attends the opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, along with Connie Mack, Babe Ruth, Cy Young, and other initial inductees. The ceremony was timed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of baseball's origin.
1957: Playing against the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium, Stan Musial of the Cardinals appears in his 823rd consecutive game, passing Gus Suhr and setting a new National league consecutive games played streak. Musial went 2-for-4 as the Cards shut out the Phillies 4-0.
1959: San Francisco's Mike McCormick in 1959 throws a 5-inning no-hitter against the Phils. Richie Ashburn gets a hit in the 6th inning, but the game is halted by rain and the hit doesn't count.
1987: Right fielder Glenn Wilson throws out Montreal pitcher Bryn Smith at first after an apparent single. It was the second time in a year he accomplished the feat.
2008: Brad Lidge became the first Phillie to start a season with 18 consecutive saves when he closed out a 3-0 victory over Florida.
Also: Catcher Red Dooin and second baseman Otto Knabe played together on the early 1900s Phillies teams. They also shared the birthday on June 13 -- Dooin in 1879, and Knabe in 1884.
Tomorrow (June 14)
1890: Owner Al Reach takes over a manager in place of the temporarily blinded Harry Wright. He leads the team to a 4-7 record before yielding to Bob Allen
1957: Signed minor-league free agent Chris Short
1978: Traded Jay Johnstone and Bobby Brown to New York (AL) for Rawly Eastwick
1983: Manager Pat Corrales uses a record-tying four right fielders in a 5-4 loss to St. Louis
2004: Jim Thome hits a home run in the first inning off of Cincinnati's Jose Acevedo, the 400th of his career. The Phils go on to beat the Reds 10-7.
2009: The MLB Network show "The Pen," which follows the exploits of the Phillies' bullpen, debuts
Source: Broad and Pattison
Jimmy Rollins -- Phillies Hits Record
Rollins' next hit ties the Phillies all-time franchise record. Hopefully he will tie it and break it during this series, before the team goes on the road starting Monday.
Jimmy Rollins -- Other
- The next time he is caught stealing (his 3rd this year), he will tie Schmidt for 2nd most on the Phillies list at 92. Larry Bowa holds the team record with 94. Caught stealing stats have been kept since 1951.
- When he reaches base six more times (99 total, including H, BB, HBP), Rollins will have gotten on base 3000 times in his career. He will become the 3rd Phillie to do that, joining Schmidt (3820) and Richie Asburn (3202). He will likely pass Ashburn by next year if he is still here, but Schmidt is out of reach. Rollins will also become the 12th active player with 3000+ times on base.
- Utley needs five more runs scored (39 for the year) to tie Bobby Abreu and Del Ennis for 9th in Phils history at 891.
- He needs two home runs (6 total) to tie Greg Luzinski for 6th most in team history at 223. He has only hit one since April 13th.
- Two more HBPs (9 total this year) will tie Utley with Kid Elberfeld for 17th most all-time, at 165. Derek Jeter is 16th (166), and Alex Rodriguez 15th (169). Elberfeld was a turn of the century infielder who first came up with the Phillies (his SABR bio).
- Two more intentional walks (7 total) will make him the 49th player in history, and only the 5th active player, with 150 or more. Mike Schmidt at 201 is the only other Phillie with 150+.
- Hamels passed Curt Schilling to move into 8th place in innings pitched in team history with 1664. Since 1910, only five pitchers have thrown more innings for the Phillies: Roberts (3739), Carlton (3697), Alexander (2513), Short (2253), and Simmons (1939).
- Six more strikeouts will tie him with Chris Short for third in Phillies history at 1,585, behind only Steve Carlton (3031) and Robin Roberts (1871).
- Two more walks (45 total) will make Burnett the only active pitcher with 1000 in his career.
- Papelbon recorded his 300th career save on Tuesday, becoming only the 26th pitcher in history to reach that, and tying Bruce Sutter and Jason Isringhausen for 24th most all-time. Number 23, Doug Jones, is at 303. Papelbon is the 6th pitcher in history with 300 saves by his age 33 season.
- Phillies All-time hitting leaders
- Phillies All-time pitching leaders