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Here was last week's Phillies comment: "It was almost four weeks ago that the Phillies were seven games over .500 and just a half-game out of first. They have gone 6-18 since then." Since last week the Phillies lost seven more games without a win. So it's 6-25 in a bit over a month.
It was almost four weeks ago that the Phillies were seven games over .500 and just a half-game out of first. They have gone 6-18 since then.
The Jerad Eickhoff curveball is a sight to behold.
The Phillies have lost nine of their last 11 and are now back to .500 for the first time since they were 10-10. This is probably more of what we'll see moving forward, too.
Just about everyone outside that locker room and parts of the fan base expects a big crash. They've now lost four of five including a series loss to the Braves. Also, in the next few weeks they have six games each against the Nationals and Cubs. Uh oh. (And, yes, "ACTUALLY" Guy, I know the Phillies swept the Nationals last time they played -- I'm just pointing out it's a tough upcoming schedule).
All this despite a sub-par start -- at least in terms of average and on-base percentage -- from Maikel Franco.
More surprising than the Phillies being five games over .500? Jeanmar Gomez is your major-league leader in saves (12).
No, I don't think they can keep playing this well -- not yet, at least -- but who cares? That pitching staff! They lead the majors with six group shutouts. What a fun year so far in Philly.
How's this for improved plate discipline so far? Last season as a rookie, Odubel Herrera walked 28 times in 537 plate appearances while striking out 129 times. So far this season in just 86 plate appearances, he's drawn 19 walks while striking out 17 times. If this keeps up, it would be remarkable and cement him as the Phillies' leadoff man of the future.
Aaron Nola is off to a slow start, but he's a great talent and is only 22. He'll put it together. When he does, envisioning him with Jerad Eickhoff and Vincent Velasquez (Tuesday night's stinker notwithstanding) as the top three of a future contender has to make for some happy Phillies fans.
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2016 Team Leaders
AVGOdubel Herrera , CF.297
HRMaikel Franco , 3B12
RBIMaikel Franco , 3B37
OBPOdubel Herrera , CF.392
SLGMaikel Franco , 3B.427
ROdubel Herrera , CF39
SBOdubel Herrera , CF11
WVince Velasquez , SP5
ERAJerad Eickhoff , SP3.36
WHIPJerad Eickhoff , SP1.20
KAaron Nola , SP95
SVJeanmar Gomez , RP19

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