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What would Matt Stairs would say about Phillies hitting now

This season, Matt Stairs made the transition from the TV booth to the coaching staff of the Phillies. He’s the Phillies hitting coach for 2017, but I am very curious to hear if he would critique this team the same now that he is in that role with the team.

The Phillies seem the worst that they ever have at the plate, they swing and miss by a mile, they don’t look like they are up to the plate to get a hit, but they always look like they are swinging for the fences. What happened to the old fashioned theme of hits mean runs?

Unfortunately in front of our eyes this season, may be the worst Phillies team ever. They are on pace to lose well over 100 games. That is not fiction, it will be fact. Just how many games will they lose? It’s a situation where the Phillies aren’t the favorites very often. You can always check out the daily odds at live betting at BetOnline.ag to have an idea.

What is making this team so bad? A lack of hitting when it counts, lackadaisical base running, and just playing poorly. I don’t see how people can say that Pete Mackanin is a good manager, we’ve seen plenty of mistakes day after day with this team. It’s the kind of basics that major league players know well, but this team seems to violate this every game.

It’s very difficult to watch, and very hard to believe that this team is this bad. It’s going to make a very long rest of the summer for Phillies fans. My suggestion, don’t let them bring you down. Don’t stay glued to your televisions watching this game after game, check out the highlights (or lowlights) after it’s all done. Get out there and get some fresh summer air, it’s going to do much better for you and your health than watching this Phillies team play the rest of the summer.  

Phils hitting in 2017:

Team Batting

Rk Pos Name G AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BA OBP
1 C Cameron Rupp 52 176 21 39 9 6 15 1 .222 .313
2 1B Tommy Joseph 84 302 34 74 16 15 43 1 .245 .307
3 2B Cesar Hernandez# (10-day dl) 58 238 40 66 10 5 14 6 .277 .336
4 SS Freddy Galvis# 89 326 33 81 17 10 37 6 .248 .301
5 3B Maikel Franco 85 327 32 73 16 13 47 0 .223 .278
6 LF Aaron Altherr 79 271 40 78 20 14 44 5 .288 .359
7 CF Odubel Herrera* 86 335 34 87 26 8 32 5 .260 .297
8 RF Michael Saunders* 61 200 25 41 9 6 20 0 .205 .257
Rk Pos Name G AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BA OBP
9 LF Daniel Nava# 61 141 17 41 6 3 15 1 .291 .386
10 C Andrew Knapp# 40 124 20 31 5 3 11 1 .250 .356
11 UT Howie Kendrick (10-day dl) 33 126 15 44 8 2 14 8 .349 .403
12 IF Andres Blanco# 51 96 4 14 2 1 5 1 .146 .226
13 1B Brock Stassi* 48 73 5 13 2 2 7 0 .178 .286
14 UT Ty Kelly# 40 63 4 11 6 1 9 0 .175 .214
15 OF Nick Williams* 12 39 4 10 2 1 2 0 .256 .302
16 OF Cameron Perkins 16 37 3 6 2 0 2 0 .162 .200
Rk Pos Name G AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BA OBP
17 P Jeremy Hellickson 18 31 1 3 1 0 2 0 .097 .176
18 P Aaron Nola 14 24 2 1 0 0 0 0 .042 .148
19 P Nick Pivetta 12 21 2 2 0 0 0 0 .095 .095
20 P Jerad Eickhoff 15 17 1 1 0 0 0 0 .059 .059
21 P Vince Velasquez (10-day dl) 11 18 1 6 0 0 1 0 .333 .333
22 P Zach Eflin (40-man) 8 14 1 2 0 0 1 0 .143 .143
23 P Ben Lively (40-man) 7 11 1 2 0 1 2 0 .182 .182
24 P Mark Leiter 15 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 .143 .143
25 P Adam Morgan* 11 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .667
26 P Clay Buchholz* (60-day dl) 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
27 P Ricardo Pinto 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
28 P Pat Neshek# 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 P Jeanmar Gomez 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 P Luis Garcia 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 P Hoby Milner* 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 P Hector Neris 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 P Jake Thompson (40-man) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 P Joely Rodriguez* 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 P Edubray Ramos (40-man) 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 P Joaquin Benoit 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 P Casey Fien (60-day dl) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 89 3022 340 728 157 91 323 35 .241 .304
Rank in 15 NL teams 13 14 14 9 12 12 14 13
Non-Pitcher Totals 89 2874 331 709 156 90 317 35 .247 .310
Pitcher Totals 89 148 9 19 1 1 6 0 .128 .168
Rk Pos Name G AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BA OBP
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/16/2017.

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