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blogging Phillies baseball and the home of Phillies Talk Podcast by Rich Baxter

What is making the Phillies such a bad baseball team?

Why Aaron Altherr did not play on this team from Day 1 is an interesting question that management needs to explore, if they know baseball, how did they miss this?

Looking at this season that the Phillies have really faltered in so far in 2017 has taught a few lessons in what goes wrong on a baseball team and what needs to be fixed.  Probably the most glaring deficiency that the Phillies have had so far this year is in the pitching, it has been very inconsistent and downright terrible.

Jeremy Hellickson has been a pitcher that the Phillies have wanted to be more consistent this year and he did start out that way but then he slowly has evolved into a very inconsistent pitcher and giving up a lot of runs. He gave up five runs in the first two innings in last night’s game, and now his ERA is 4.91. In June his ERA is 6.61 so far, and it just seems with every start, he’s getting worse.

The Phillies team ERA is the worst of all the teams in the MLB, it is currently at 5.01. They are also near last (29th of 30) in BAA which is Batting Average Against, .279. That means that on an average players are almost hitting .300 against Phillies pitching. The pitching staff is also ranked 28th in WHIP at 1.46 on the season. Phillies pitching cannot seem to hold a lead no matter how much of the lead the Phillies have.

Phils team pitching as of 6/15/2017:

Team Pitching

Rk Pos Name Age W L W-L% ERA G SO9
1 SP Jeremy Hellickson 30 5 5 .500 4.91 14 4.0
2 SP Jerad Eickhoff 26 0 7 .000 5.09 13 8.0
3 SP Vince Velasquez (10-day dl) 25 2 5 .286 5.58 10 9.5
4 SP Zach Eflin (40-man) 23 0 3 .000 6.13 8 4.8
5 SP Aaron Nola 24 3 4 .429 4.40 8 8.2
6 SP Nick Pivetta 24 1 3 .250 5.52 6 8.3
Rk Pos Name Age W L W-L% ERA G SO9
7 CL Hector Neris 28 2 2 .500 3.62 28 9.9
8 RP Edubray Ramos 24 0 3 .000 3.14 29 11.0
9 RP Joely Rodriguez* 25 1 2 .333 6.33 26 6.0
10 RP Pat Neshek 36 1 1 .500 0.75 26 8.3
11 RP Joaquin Benoit 39 1 2 .333 4.56 25 8.0
Rk Pos Name Age W L W-L% ERA G SO9
12 Luis Garcia 30 1 1 .500 3.65 21 5.5
13 Jeanmar Gomez 29 3 1 .750 7.17 17 8.9
14 Ben Lively 25 1 1 .500 3.00 3 2.1
15 Mark Leiter (40-man) 26 0 0 4.74 12 5.7
16 Adam Morgan* 27 0 1 .000 9.26 5 8.5
17 Clay Buchholz (60-day dl) 32 0 1 .000 12.27 2 6.1
18 Jake Thompson (40-man) 23 0 0 9.00 3 5.4
19 Casey Fien 33 0 1 .000 2.08 2 4.2
20 Ricardo Pinto (40-man) 23 0 0 18.00 1 9.0
21 Andres Blanco 33 0 0 27.00 1 0.0
Team Totals 27.2 21 43 .328 5.01 64 7.1
Rank in 15 NL teams 15 1 15
Rk Pos Name Age W L W-L% ERA G SO9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/15/2017.

Placing all of the pitching woes aside, the Phillies offense is trying but they cannot get clutch hits when they need them. The Phils are now ranked 27th in total runs at 253 on the year, and On Base Percentage is 27th in the MLB at .306 on the year.

When the bases are empty Phillies batters seem to be able to get good hits, but when it comes to scoring those runners the offense struggles. Take Freddy Galvis as an example, the other night he had the bases loaded twice and both times, he ended the inning without an RBI. Odubel does the same thing most of the time in pressure situations. Maybe these players are trying too hard, putting too much pressure on themselves? They have to work on this.

Phils offense through 6/15/2017:

Team Batting

Rk Pos Name Age R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP
1 C Cameron Rupp 28 13 29 8 0 4 13 .206 .289
2 1B Tommy Joseph 25 26 55 12 0 10 32 .263 .316
3 2B Cesar Hernandez# (10-day dl) 27 40 66 10 2 5 14 .277 .336
4 SS Freddy Galvis# 27 23 53 13 3 6 28 .236 .291
5 3B Maikel Franco 24 19 51 9 0 7 31 .223 .276
6 LF Aaron Altherr 26 30 54 15 1 11 36 .286 .360
7 CF Odubel Herrera* 25 26 61 23 0 5 25 .248 .287
8 RF Michael Saunders* 30 25 39 8 2 6 20 .200 .254
Rk Pos Name Age R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP
9 LF Howie Kendrick 33 12 32 7 1 2 11 .340 .398
10 LF Daniel Nava# 34 13 26 4 0 3 10 .321 .434
11 C Andrew Knapp# 25 10 19 5 0 3 8 .235 .326
12 UT Brock Stassi* (40-man) 27 4 12 2 1 2 6 .197 .290
13 UT Andres Blanco# 33 3 11 2 0 1 5 .186 .284
14 UT Ty Kelly# 28 2 6 4 0 0 2 .214 .258
Rk Pos Name Age R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP
15 P Jeremy Hellickson 30 1 3 1 1 0 2 .125 .222
16 P Vince Velasquez (10-day dl) 25 1 6 0 0 0 1 .333 .333
17 P Jerad Eickhoff 26 1 1 0 0 0 0 .071 .071
18 P Aaron Nola 24 2 1 0 0 0 0 .071 .188
19 P Zach Eflin (40-man) 23 1 2 0 0 0 1 .143 .143
20 P Nick Pivetta 24 1 1 0 0 0 0 .111 .111
21 P Ben Lively 25 0 1 0 0 0 0 .250 .250
22 P Mark Leiter (40-man) 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
23 P Clay Buchholz* (60-day dl) 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
24 P Adam Morgan* 27 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .500
25 P Ricardo Pinto (40-man) 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
26 P Pat Neshek# 36 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 P Jeanmar Gomez 29 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 P Luis Garcia 30 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 P Hector Neris 28 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 P Jake Thompson (40-man) 23 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 P Joely Rodriguez* 25 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 P Edubray Ramos 24 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 P Joaquin Benoit 39 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 P Casey Fien 33 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 27.2 253 530 123 11 65 245 .243 .306
Rank in 15 NL teams 13 13 5 8 12 12 13
Non-Pitcher Totals 27.3 246 514 122 10 65 241 .248 .311
Pitcher Totals 25.7 7 16 1 1 0 4 .152 .191
Rk Pos Name Age R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/15/2017.

At this point in the season the Phillies are completely out of contention for any playoff hopes, they would have to perform a miracle that was even better than the one in 2007 and that’s very doubtful. This team has some serious issues, it has some good players that have potential but for some reason these players cannot get past a certain point that makes them average players when it is counted on for them to do well they just don’t.

The Phillies face the Boston Red Sox in the final game of this interesting home and home series that started in Boston and will and tonight in Philadelphia. It would be great for the Phillies to take at least one of these games and get some confidence back in a team that has had a very bad season.

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