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Phillies Stat Notes: Home sweet homestand

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The Phils have a .500 record at home this year, thanks to playing better overall, as well as coming through in the clutch to win close games. They close out the homestand this weekend before heading back out on the cruel road.

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The Phillies still have the 2nd worst record in MLB, and may stay there for at least a few more days -- they're 2.5 games ahead of MLB-worst Milwaukee, and 1.5 better then the third-worst Marlins.

MLB Standings

The Phils wrap up the homestand this weekend against the Giants, before heading back out on the cruel road. At least they've been somewhat more competitive (as well as lucky/clutch) at CBP:

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NL Standings and Key Stats

The Giants have barely scored more runs than they've allowed, but would get the second wild card spot if the season ended today:

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Phillies Stats vs. last year, and vs. the Giants

Hitting

There are now comments off to the right in the table below.

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Fangraphs team hitting stats

Pitching

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Fangraphs team pitching stats

Phillies Hitters

Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera, who were hot out of the gate, have slumped terribly lately as shown by the OPS over the last 30 days:

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OPS progression through the year

There's a lot of bunching in the .596-.665 range, so Howard despite his plummet back to mediocrity is still the best hitter the Phillies have had so far this year:

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Fangraphs hitting stats

Phillies Pitchers

The table below compares Phils pitchers' stats, and uses FIP and xFIP to explain where they differ from the NL average for starting pitchers.

For example for Aaron Harang:
- xFIP assumes a league-average rate of fly balls leaving the yard, and so is essentially based on walks and strikeouts, and by that measure alone Harang has now allowed 6 more runs than the league average starter.
- FIP (unlike xFIP) uses the actual home runs allowed by the pitcher, and Harang has still allowed very few home runse, and so his FIP translates to 5 fewer runs allowed than an average pitcher. And since we've already established that he's 6 over based on walks and K's, he must therefore be 11 under the average in runs allowed due to home runs.
- ERA captures the rest of the activity, due to BABIP/fielding, the timing of hits, his success at stranding runners, etc. And since Harang's ERA is well below his FIP, these other factors have allowed him to allow another 7 runs fewer than league average, beyond what FIP alone can explain, making his ERA the equivalent of 13 runs lower than the average NL starter. 
- Finally, he has allowed 2 more unearned runs than average, bringing his total runs allowed, given his innings pitched, to 11 fewer than the average starter.

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Milestones

Chase Utley

- Utley's next HBP (4th this year) will tie 19th century outfielder Curt Welch for 13th all-time.

- His walk on Wednesday tied him with Von Hayes (619) for 10th most in Phils history.

Cole Hamels

- In that same Wednesday game, Hamels passed Hugh Mulcahy to move into 10th place in walks allowed in franchise history.

- He still needs two more wins to tie Curt Simmons for 5th most on the Phillies list. Here's hoping he wins three more to pass Simmons before he's traded:

Steve Carlton - 241
Robin Roberts - 234
Pete Alexander - 190
Chris Short - 132
Curt Simmons - 115
Cole Hamels - 113

Always-a-Phillie Jimmy Rollins

- Rollins has now been caught stealing 99 times, and will soon become the 125th player in history to have beeen caught 100+. Of the other 124, only THREE had more stolen bases at their 100th CS than Rollins' 458:

Tim Raines (612)
Willie Wilson (512)
Vince Coleman (486)

Rollins has been one of the most successful base stealers in history -- to put it another way, of the 44 players with 500+ stolen base attempts since 1951 (when CS started being tracked regularly), only three have a higher SB success rate than Rollins.

- Below is a summary of where he stands on some key milestones among all shortstops, among switch hitters, and then out of all players:

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Shortstops:

With two more total bases he'll tie Omar Vizquel for 5th among all shortstops. It will also tie Vizquel for 12th among all switch hitters to ever play the game.

In about a week he'll get to 12th in most games at short (needs 6). And by the end of the month he will likely reach Alan Trammell at #11 in hits (needs 17).

Switch hitters:

In addition to the total bases, he could get to 4th in doubles among all switch hitters in history by the end of the season (needs 17).

All players:

Very soon Rollins will reach the top 100 all-time in both extra base hits (needs 2), and runs scored (needs 6).  The top 100 in total bases will likely have to wait until next year (needs 156).

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ADDENDUM: Team WAR by Position

This is from baseball-reference.com, where they have a handy breakdown by position for each team.

It starts with total rWAR at the far left, then total pitching with a split between starters and relievers, and finally non-pitchers, and the split by position:

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Phils' pitchers (and starters in particular) rank surprisingly high.

Among position players, they're hanging in there at shortstop despite Galvis' recent struggles, but nothing else is above the middle ranking.