What little playoff chances the Phillies had are now detectable only with a microscope, and none of the major stats shown here rank any higher than 11th on either side of the ball.
NL Standings and team stats
PhilliesTeam Stats vs. 2013 and vs. the Marlins (Phils hitting, but not with RISP)
Individual Stats (Byrd has been the Phils' best hitter this season)
Milestones (Rollins plays his 2000th at Shortstop)
NL Standings and Team Stats
Phillies The Phils are coming off their first sweep at home at the hands of the Braves since Sept. 24-27, 1964, when the Braves' franchise was in Milwaukee. Those four losses at Connie Mack Stadium were numbers 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the ten-game losing streak during the Phillies’ season-ending collapse that year.
Marlins Miami is now 4 games under .500 and closer to the back than the front in the NL East.
Games vs. .500 Progression
The Phillies' little surge brought them up to the same record as in 2012, at the same point of the season, and they have been tracking close to that over the past week. Unfortunately that was the 2012 team's pre-All Star Break swoon:
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Phillies Team Stats vs. 2013 and vs. the Marlins
Phillies With runners in scoring position, the Phillies have gone:
0 for 16 in their last two games 3 for 32 (.094) in the Atlanta series 9 for 69 (.130) in last week's homestand 25 for 145 (.172) in their last 16 games
Their batting average with RISP had been running fairly close to their overall batting average, until recently. You would expect that the two averages would be close over a full season, although there are exceptions -- the overall NL average is .248 this year, while the NL average with RISP is .245.
In 2013, the average with RISP for every team but one was within 20 points of their overall average. The graph below shows these differences for the 30 teams. St. Louis is the outlier (.061) labeled at the top, and the Phils (.004) are also labeled:
As recently as June 14th, the Phillies' two averages were identical, at .242. But in the 16 games since then:
average overall: .241 average with RISP: .172 (25 for 145)
At .227, their season's average with RISP is now 12th in the NL, ahead of only Washington, Chicago, and San Diego.
Marlins Miami has one of the better-hitting lineups in the NL. They've also been among the best in hitting with RISP (3rd in the NL in both batting average and OPS), helping to push their scoring to 3rd best in the NL.
Marlon Byrd has now overtaken Chase Utley as the best hitter of the 2014 Phillies to date (by OPS, as well as wOBA). He's also their best hitter over the past week (among regulars). And over the past two weeks. And over the last 30 days.
Recent milestones by Phillies players, and those that may be reached over the next week...
On Sunday Rollins appeared in his 2,000th game at Shortstop, becoming only the 19th player in MLB history with 2,000+. We also became the second active shortstop with 2,000+, joining Derek Jeter.
His sacrifice fly in game 2 on Saturday tied Garry Maddox for 5th on the Phils' list at 51. The rest of the top seven: Schmidt 108, Utley 56, Abreu 54, Luzinski 53, Howard 46. Sac Fly stats have only been kept regularly since 1954.
On Friday Howard struck out for the 1500th time in his career, becoming the 57th player all time, and 10th active player with 1500+. Schmidt is the only other Phillie with 1500+, and he's at 1883. Howard has a good chance to pass him by the last year of his contract in 2016. He is projected to K a total of 197 times this year, if he stays healthy, meaning he would need to average only 143 per year in 2015-16 to pass Schmidt.
Hamels needs 12 2/3 innings to tie Tully Sparks for 6th on the Phils all-time list. That will leave only Robin Roberts (3739), Steve Carlton (3697), Grover Cleveland Alexander (2513), Chris Short (2253), and Curt Simmons (1939) with more innings pitched for the Phils in their 132-year history.
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