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2018 Phillies Report Card: 2nd Marking Period

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Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets - Game Two Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

What started in April as a passing fancy is turning more and more into legitimacy and reality. The Phillies are in first place in the NL East at the All-Star break, and are rumored to be a finalist to acquire Manny Machado from the Orioles in trade.

What’s so strange about this Phillies team is how wildly imperfect they are, despite being in a playoff position. Their defense is questionable, multiple players are playing regularly out of position, the pitching (in relief especially) is a ball of constant tension, and the offense often disappears for days at a time. If you spend too much time thinking about it, the Phillies start to look a little out of place in first.

But banked wins are banked wins, and the Phillies are most of the way toward a winning season (or more!) already with a chance to get better through trade. As far as the players who are actually on the Phillies, if only for now, it was once again a mixed bag of ups and downs, culminating in a 30-26 record over the last two months.

This marking period covers games from 5/15 through 7/15. The grades are subjective.


The Good: Nick Williams

Something might be starting to click for Nicky Baby. He’s hitting .298/.389/.468 in July, and that’s even including an 0-for-9 in the last three games before the break. Seven walks against nine strikeouts in 54 PA? Yes please.

The Bad: Odubel Herrera and Scott Kingery

The mystery of Odubel may never be solved. When he’s hot, he’s unbeatable, but when he’s off, he’s frustrating and seems to carry a bit of his troubles into the field. He hit .223/.256/.397 this period, with 58 strikeouts against just eight walks in 235 PA. The defense is still more good than bad, though, so we’ll all just need to ride out another rogue wave and enjoy white-hot Odubel when he returns. Kingery, while about 20 points better in OPS this period than the first, still has yet to sustain success. He shows all the promise of being a fantastic second baseman one day, but still comes off as what he does every night: A second baseman forced into shortstop duty. He hit .247/.288/.338 in 212 PA.

The Ugly: The Bench

Aaron Altherr and Jesmuel Valentin had a forgettable two months. Up-and-downers Dylan Cozens and Mitch Walding haven’t shown much in very limited time. Hey, at least Andrew Knapp hit a somewhat ridiculous .270/.360/.527 in this period.

The Grades

Hitter Report Card 5/15-7/15

Player MP1 MP2 MP3 MP4 Final Grade
Player MP1 MP2 MP3 MP4 Final Grade
Jorge Alfaro C+ B-
Aaron Altherr C- F
Dylan Cozens - Inc.
J.P. Crawford C- Inc.
Pedro Florimon B- Inc.
Maikel Franco B+ B
Cesar Hernandez A- A-
Odubel Herrera A C
Rhys Hoskins A- B
Scott Kingery C- C-
Andrew Knapp D+ A-
Trevor Plouffe - Inc.
Carlos Santana C+ B-
Jesmuel Valentin Inc. D
Mitch Walding - Inc.
Nick Williams C B+


The Good: Seranthony Dominguez

This guy is awesome. I love him. Who doesn’t, at this point? The numbers speak for themselves after 28 games:

  • 33.2 IP
  • 43 K
  • 6 BB
  • 1 HR allowed
  • 24 scoreless appearances

His conversion to relief just might have been the right call.

The Bad: Nick Pivetta

Pivetta lost his curveball a bit and foundered in June. He’s certainly not a tragic case, but the breakout he seemed to be having has been put on hold. For now, he looks like a competent third or fourth starter, but he flashed far greater than that early this season. Here’s hoping he picks back up where May left off.

The Ugly: Adam Morgan and Hector Neris

Tommy Hunter has caught flack lately for a string of stressful outings, but on the whole, his last two months really haven’t been so bad. Morgan and Neris have had an absolutely regrettable go of it. I still hold out hope for Neris - who, despite getting shellacked, had 22 strikeouts and just two walks in his last 14.1 IP and is looking rejuvenated in Triple-A - but Morgan doesn’t look like the guy who was almost profoundly dominant over the second half of 2017. The struggles of both guys will certainly weight on the minds of those in the front office as the deadline nears.

The Grades

Pitcher Report Card 5/15-7/15

Player MP1 MP2 MP3 MP4 Final Grade
Player MP1 MP2 MP3 MP4 Final Grade
Drew Anderson - Inc.
Victor Arano A B+
Jake Arrieta A- B
Zac Curtis Inc. Inc.
Austin Davis - Inc.
Enyel De Los Santos - Inc.
Seranthony Dominguez Inc. A
Zach Eflin Inc. A-
Pedro Florimon lol -
Luis Garcia B+ C-
Tommy Hunter B C
Drew Hutchison B Inc. - - B-
Ben Lively D -
Hoby Milner D- Inc. - - D-
Adam Morgan B- D-
Hector Neris C- D-
Pat Neshek - Inc.
Aaron Nola A A-
Nick Pivetta B- B-
Edubray Ramos B+ B+
Yacksel Rios B+ Inc.
Jake Thompson Inc. Inc.
Jesmuel Valentin - lol
Vince Velasquez C+ B

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