Phillies: April Review

Thursday, May 1, 2008 ·


Dare I say, the month of Chase Utley? Utley will likely be named the National League player of the month. Chase Utley is top 5 in hitting and runs scored, top 10 in RBIs, and leads the league in slugging and home runs. However, Chase Utley was not the only positive for the Phillies. Also, led by Pat Burrell and decent pitching the Phillies are 15-13 through April (15-12) and hold a winning record at this point for the first time since 2003. The Phillies are only .5 game out of first and remain tied with the New York Mets who continue to suffer bullpen woes.

Now onto the early season analyis: (National League Rank)

Team Hitting: 965 AB (8), 132 R (5), 249 H (8), 5 SF, 52 doubles (12), 3 triples (15), 41 home runs (1), 129 RBI (3), .258 AVG (7), .335 OBP (7), .446 SLG (4), .780 OPS (4), .281 BABIP

Team Pitching: 15 W (5), 3.79 ERA (6), 7 SV (6), 243 H allowed (7), 106 ER (6), 101 BB (9), 162 K (14), .252 OPP Avg (7), 5.79 K/9 (13), 1.604 K/BB (12), 3 BS (T4), 14 quality starts (6)

Batting:
Jimmy Rollins - .308/.341/.513, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 2B, 8 R, .205 IsoP/.282 secA/.294 BABIP/.33 BB per K (1BB, 3 K)
Shane Victorino - .224/.283/.265, 1 3B, 4 R, .041 IsoP/.122 secA/.268 BABIP/.50 BB per K (4 BB, 8 K)
Chase Utley - .360/.430/.766, 11 HR, 23 RBI, 25 R, 10 2B, 1 3B, .405 IsoP/.523 secA/.333 BABIP/.73 BB per K (11 BB, 15 K)
Ryan Howard - .172/.297/.343, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 13 R, 2 2B, .172 IsoP/.354 secA/.211 BABIP/.47 BB per K (18 BB, 38 K)
Pat Burrell - .333/.460/.689, 8 HR, 25 RBI, 18 R, 8 2B, .356 IsoP/.600 secA/.344 BABIP/1.16 BB per K (22 BB, 19 K)
Geoff Jenkins - .262/.303/.345, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R, 4 2B, .083 IsoP/.143 secA/.333 BABIP/0.25 BB per K (5 BB, 20 K)
Pedro Feliz - .209/.265/.363, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 7 R, 5 2B, .154 IsoP/.231 secA/.203 BABIP/0.78 BB per K (7 BB, 9 K)
Carlos Ruiz - .206/.260/.265, 8 RBI, 8 R, 4 2B, .059 IsoP/.103 secA/.233 BABIP/0.38 BB/K (3 BB, 8 K)
Chris Coste - .350/.435/.600, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 4 2B, .250 IsoP/.350 secA/.343 BABIP/1.33 BB/K (4 BB, 3 K)
Jayson Werth - .282/.374/.564, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 15 R, 5 2B, 1 3B, .282 IsoP/.449 secA/.298 BABIP/ 0.65 BB/K (11 BB, 17 K)
Eric Bruntlett - .227/.284/.280, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 8 R, 1 2B, .053 IsoP/.147 secA/.250 BABIP/0.60 BB/K (6 BB, 10 K)
So Taguchi - .211/.250/.263, 2 RBI, 6 R, 2 2B, .053 IsoP/.132 secA/.235 BABIP
Chris Snelling, Brad Harman, and T.J. Bohn all had 1 hit.

Pitching:
Brett Myers - 6 starts, 2-2, 37 IP, 5.11 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 6.57 K/9, 3 K/BB, 10 HR allowed, Opp Avg .282, 1.20 G/F
Cole Hamels - 6 starts, 3-3, 43.1 IP, 2.70 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 7.48 K/9, 2.57 K/BB, 4 HR allowed, .201 Opp Avg, 0.91 G/F
Jamie Moyer - 6 starts, 1-2, 32 IP, 4.50 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, 3.38 K/9, 1.20 K/BB, 4 HR allowed, Opp Avg .333, 1.76 G/F
Kyle Kendrick - 5 starts, 2-2, 26.1 IP, 5.13 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 3.42 K/9, 0.91 K/BB, 4 HR allowed, Opp Avg .287, 2.04 G/F
Adam Eaton - 5 starts, 0-0, 28.1 IP, 5.08 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 5.40 K/9, 1.55 K/BB, 2 HR allowed, Opp Avg .276, 1.31 G/F
Chad Durbin - 13 G, 0-1, 19 IP, 1.42 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 4.26 K/9, 1 K/BB, Opp Avg .250, 1.50 G/F
Clay Condrey - 8 G, 1-0, 8.2 IP, 6.23 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, 4.15 K/9, 0.67 K/BB, Opp Avg .303, 1.89 G/F
Ryan Madson - 12 G, 1-0, 13.2 IP, 5.27 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 5.27 K/9, 2 K/BB, Opp Avg .216, 0.89 G/F
Rudy Seanez - 9 G, 2-1, 10 IP, 0.90 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 3.60 K/9, 0.50 K/BB, Opp Avg .115, 2.40 G/F
Tom Gordon - 12 G, 2-2, 10.1 IP, 6.10 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 10.45 K/9, 2 K/BB, Opp Avg .220, 0.60 G/F
J.C. Romero - 14 G, 1-0, 12.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 8.03 K/9, 1.57 K/BB, Opp Avg .244, 2.11 G/F
Brad Lidge - 11 G, 0-0, 11 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 9.82 K/9, 2 K/BB, Opp Avg .128, 0.85 K/BB

The biggest problem with the pitching has been the number of walks (9th in the NL) and home runs allowed (11th). However, they're right in the middle of the pack with opponents runners reaching base. Don't blame just the pitching though. With all of the success in April, the Phillies defense has been awful, third worst in the league with 24 errors and a .978 fielding percentage. With Shane Victorino and Jimmy Rollins soon to be available as every day players, I'd expect our fielding percentage to rise.

Overall, the Phillies played well enough to produce a winning record, but they have a number of areas where they need to improve to maintain a winning record. The Phillies are currently striking out far too much for their own good, especially the big guy in the middle of the lineup. Only 1 player in their lineup has more walks than strike-outs and that is Pat Burrell. The Phillies have a number of players on pace for more than 100 strikeouts. The Phillies averages will go up as you would expect their Batting Average of Balls in Play to rise a little. Currently, the Phillies sit at about .281 (includes pitchers), but you'd like that number to be over .300. Because of that I'd expect to see the averages of Pedro Feliz, Ryan Howard, and Shane Victorino to rise significantly this upcoming Month. Chase Utley and Pat Burrell cannot carry the team forever.

Batter of the Month - Chase Utley
Pitcher of the Month - Cole Hamels

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