NL Standings and Key Stats
It's a battle of the two worst (most?) offensive clubs in the league. The Braves have gotten on base slightly more than the Phillies (thanks to walking more), but have much less power.
The Phillies have won 46 games. The Pythagorean Projection says that based on their runs scored and runs allowed, a team would typically only be expected to have won 39.6 games. That difference of 6.4 wins hasn't changed much for the Phils since mid-May, when it peaked at 7.2:
Comparing Phillies Stats to Last Year, and to the Braves
That's a lot of "15"s in the Braves' rankings, and the Phillies are right there with them in most categories:
Here is how each starter's OPS has progressed to where it is today:
Former Phillie News - Utley
Most WAR (fangraphs) by NL second basemen, last 365 days -- Utley ranks 5th:
|1||Daniel Murphy||- - -||150||627||28||94||113||4||4.5 %||8.9 %||.254||.324||.331||.362||.585||.395||152||2.1||41.1||-1.8||6.1|
|2||Addison Russell||Cubs||156||598||19||70||89||6||9.5 %||24.9 %||.170||.311||.251||.328||.421||.321||100||2.7||2.8||15.1||3.8|
|3||Anthony Rendon||Nationals||157||676||17||93||57||11||10.8 %||19.7 %||.141||.301||.256||.339||.397||.323||100||0.4||0.8||9.1||3.2|
|4||Ben Zobrist||Cubs||93||405||13||61||50||4||14.6 %||12.8 %||.168||.282||.268||.379||.437||.354||121||0.4||10.8||3.5||2.8|
|5||Chase Utley||- - -||129||542||10||69||44||2||7.7 %||18.5 %||.137||.304||.257||.333||.394||.319||102||1.0||2.0||5.6||2.6|
|6||Danny Espinosa||Nationals||130||459||21||59||59||8||8.3 %||28.1 %||.200||.261||.218||.311||.418||.309||90||5.0||-0.3||9.8||2.5|
|7||Neil Walker||- - -||152||583||23||62||73||3||9.3 %||18.2 %||.170||.270||.251||.321||.422||.317||102||-1.8||-0.4||5.5||2.4|
|8||Jedd Gyorko||- - -||131||463||25||52||71||0||6.3 %||20.7 %||.204||.284||.265||.313||.468||.334||113||-0.1||6.9||1.8||2.4|
Aaron Altherr comes off the DL to make his 2016 debut, batting 5th vs. RHP Matt Wisler:
Similar to OPS+, Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+) measures how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.
Runs vs. Average
Fangraphs converts all of a player's stats to the number of runs those stats would typically generate, all else being equal. The runs in each main category (hitting, baserunning, fielding) are then compared to the average. The graph above also prorates all of these to 600 PAs for easier comparison of players with different amounts of playing time.