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Phils rally in Atlanta and return favor – Happy Father’s Day ’19

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Hail Cesar, with the game winning hit last night, and a key single to win the game for the Phillies last night

Ok, the Phillies showed some heart last night, a late inning rally is what was needed to surpass the Atlanta Braves that led the game at 5-4  until the Phillies scored two runs in the top of the 9th inning and close the door on the surging Braves who were on an 8-game winning streak going into the game last night. Phils win 6-5 on key hitting by a guy who many thought would not be on this team this year.

The winning hit came from Cesar Hernandez, yes, the Phillie who is really kind of a whipping boy amongst a few fans. We can’t forget that everyone on a team isn’t a superstar, but to contribute to the team at key moments is what we’re looking for, and that’s what Cesar seems to do. A few other players on the team are expected to come up with the big hits but of course that doesn’t always happen either.

We’re still waiting for the days when Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins start getting hot with the bat at the same time. We’ve seen glimpses of this in small doses but the better outcome will happen when we see this happening more.

Starting pitching hasn’t been reliable in the past couple weeks, the Phillies have been victim of the home run ball far more than any other starting rotation in baseball. Below is a chart sorted by HR allowed by a team up through the start of play today in the NL:

Team Standard Pitching Table

Tm #P PAge RA/G W L W-L% ERA G CG SV IP ER HR
PHI 24 28.2 4.64 39 31 .557 4.34 70 3 21 628.0 303 114
COL 22 27.9 5.41 37 33 .529 5.16 70 1 12 634.1 364 103
SDP 21 26.8 4.79 34 37 .479 4.50 71 0 26 630.0 315 102
MIL 23 28.4 4.94 39 31 .557 4.57 70 0 20 638.1 324 99
PIT 25 27.6 5.54 31 39 .443 5.13 70 1 17 624.0 356 98
SFG 21 29.6 5.04 30 38 .441 4.53 68 1 19 608.0 306 98
STL 20 27.7 4.55 35 34 .507 4.31 69 0 20 607.2 291 93
ATL 24 26.9 4.87 41 30 .577 4.26 71 0 20 639.2 303 91
LgAvg 21 28.5 4.69 35 34 .507 4.35 70 1 18 625 302 91
NYM 22 28.6 4.99 34 36 .486 4.60 70 2 17 628.1 321 88
WSN 21 30.7 4.94 32 38 .457 4.71 70 1 15 615.1 322 88
ARI 19 29.2 4.32 38 34 .528 4.03 72 0 16 655.0 293 85
LAD 19 29.4 3.63 47 24 .662 3.30 71 1 23 630.1 231 83
MIA 18 27.1 4.57 25 43 .368 4.37 68 1 14 607.2 295 82
CHC 21 31.4 4.27 39 31 .557 3.90 70 1 16 628.0 272 78
CIN 16 28.8 3.75 30 38 .441 3.59 68 0 16 604.0 241 70
316 28.5 4.69 531 517 .507 4.35 1048 12 272 9378.2 4537 1372
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/16/2019.

What this team would do well to get much better is keep the ball in the ballpark more, and get more timely hits of course by players who should be on paper doing that. It sounds easy, but in reality it’s like looking at a lot of sabermetrics stats, it can be mildly interesting but it’s just numbers on a computer screen or a piece of paper.

Anyway, the Phillies finish up with the Braves today at 1:20PM in Atlanta. It was a much needed confidence booster last night for the Phils, but they need to keep winning of course. The Braves have bolstered their team up, the Phils have been battered with injury and have not elected to get a closer in baseball that is a top named talent.

Here’s a look at the top players in baseball as sorted by On Base Percentage, a stat that takes into account this calculation: as it appears on MLB.com –

Definition

OBP refers to how frequently a batter reaches base per plate appearance. Times on base include hits, walks and hit-by-pitches, but do not include errors, times reached on a fielder’s choice or a dropped third strike. (Separately, sacrifice bunts are removed from the equation entirely, because it is rarely a hitter’s decision to sacrifice himself, but rather a manager’s choice as part of an in-game strategy.)

Player Standard Batting

Rk Name Age Tm G AB R H HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP
1 Cody Bellinger* 23 LAD 68 245 53 87 22 57 8 44 43 .355 .451
2 Christian Yelich* 27 MIL 63 231 56 79 26 56 16 41 48 .342 .444
3 Anthony Rendon 29 WSN 56 204 49 64 15 48 1 30 39 .314 .411
4 Jeff McNeil* 27 NYM 56 209 26 70 3 20 0 16 26 .335 .406
5 Freddie Freeman* 29 ATL 70 276 51 85 19 49 1 37 51 .308 .397
6 Rhys Hoskins 26 PHI 69 248 38 68 15 49 1 48 72 .274 .397
7 Kris Bryant 27 CHC 66 244 55 67 15 38 1 39 53 .275 .395
8 Justin Turner 34 LAD 63 224 33 69 7 28 1 26 38 .308 .393
9 Josh Bell# 26 PIT 69 266 51 86 19 64 0 31 62 .323 .391
10 David Dahl* 25 COL 61 228 43 77 7 35 2 18 62 .338 .389
11 Anthony Rizzo* 29 CHC 66 247 45 69 19 51 3 33 41 .279 .389
12 Willson Contreras 27 CHC 61 198 32 56 13 36 1 26 63 .283 .385
13 Nolan Arenado 28 COL 69 272 51 89 17 57 2 25 36 .327 .383
14 Juan Soto* 20 WSN 60 225 38 65 11 41 3 34 58 .289 .383
15 Michael Conforto* 26 NYM 61 217 38 56 13 33 5 40 62 .258 .383
16 Charlie Blackmon* 32 COL 54 238 48 79 15 44 2 15 45 .332 .382
17 Yasmani Grandal# 30 MIL 63 216 35 60 15 39 3 38 54 .278 .381
18 Andrew McCutchen 32 PHI 59 219 45 56 10 29 2 43 55 .256 .378
19 Brandon Belt* 31 SFG 65 203 33 51 9 28 2 39 51 .251 .378
20 Max Muncy* 28 LAD 69 233 43 65 16 43 3 38 69 .279 .376
21 Ronald Acuna Jr. 21 ATL 70 279 45 80 15 45 9 30 78 .287 .366
22 Paul DeJong 25 STL 68 256 47 71 12 33 5 31 54 .277 .364
23 Dexter Fowler# 33 STL 62 185 26 46 7 22 4 28 51 .249 .364
24 Nick Markakis* 35 ATL 71 246 45 66 6 35 0 38 35 .268 .363
25 Trevor Story 26 COL 69 282 63 82 16 47 12 27 83 .291 .360
26 Corey Seager* 25 LAD 66 237 40 66 8 38 1 28 51 .278 .359
27 Adam Eaton* 30 WSN 67 258 38 70 6 18 5 29 53 .271 .354
28 Bryce Harper* 26 PHI 70 260 41 64 12 48 3 42 90 .246 .354
29 Josh Donaldson 33 ATL 67 238 39 58 11 31 1 37 77 .244 .353
30 Eduardo Escobar# 30 ARI 70 280 47 82 17 57 1 24 65 .293 .350
31 Jason Heyward* 29 CHC 65 226 33 57 10 26 4 34 43 .252 .350
32 Wilson Ramos 31 NYM 63 202 31 55 7 38 0 23 37 .272 .348
33 Pete Alonso 24 NYM 69 251 43 66 23 53 0 25 76 .263 .348
34 Paul Goldschmidt 31 STL 69 261 40 68 12 27 0 33 72 .261 .348
35 David Peralta* 31 ARI 58 239 33 69 9 37 0 18 59 .289 .345
36 Mike Moustakas* 30 MIL 63 250 46 70 21 45 3 21 51 .280 .345
37 Manny Machado 26 SDP 69 257 39 67 13 38 1 30 61 .261 .342
38 Eugenio Suarez 27 CIN 68 247 34 64 15 42 1 30 68 .259 .342
39 Joey Votto* 35 CIN 62 233 32 59 6 15 1 29 62 .253 .342
40 Ozzie Albies# 22 ATL 71 280 42 77 10 33 5 27 48 .275 .341
41 Eric Hosmer* 29 SDP 70 270 40 77 10 46 0 21 59 .285 .338
42 Miguel Rojas 30 MIA 66 223 22 61 0 18 5 21 30 .274 .337
43 Kolten Wong* 28 STL 68 224 28 56 7 30 13 26 41 .250 .337
44 Joc Pederson* 27 LAD 62 192 42 45 18 33 0 23 45 .234 .336
45 Ketel Marte# 25 ARI 70 286 47 80 19 49 3 22 49 .280 .333
46 Dansby Swanson 25 ATL 71 266 43 71 13 43 6 25 59 .267 .333
47 Matt Carpenter* 33 STL 66 239 36 53 9 25 4 39 68 .222 .333
48 Jose Iglesias 29 CIN 64 218 28 63 4 24 1 13 36 .289 .332
49 Marcell Ozuna 28 STL 67 254 49 66 18 56 7 27 62 .260 .332
50 Brian Anderson 26 MIA 67 253 22 62 7 28 4 27 64 .245 .332
51 J.T. Realmuto 28 PHI 66 242 44 67 10 36 3 18 59 .277 .331
52 Jean Segura 29 PHI 60 244 42 68 6 27 4 16 30 .279 .330
53 Ian Desmond 33 COL 64 207 32 55 9 36 1 19 62 .266 .330
54 Christian Walker 28 ARI 68 242 36 61 12 27 4 26 76 .252 .330
55 Nick Ahmed 29 ARI 70 249 36 69 5 28 4 21 55 .277 .329
56 Kyle Schwarber* 26 CHC 65 231 36 54 15 33 1 34 75 .234 .328
57 Starling Marte 30 PIT 59 257 42 74 10 34 11 8 47 .288 .326
58 Javier Baez 26 CHC 68 278 44 80 17 46 2 16 90 .288 .325
59 Ryan Braun 35 MIL 64 224 28 61 11 37 4 15 56 .272 .324
60 Cesar Hernandez# 29 PHI 69 257 30 68 7 33 4 20 37 .265 .324
61 Adam Jones 33 ARI 65 249 36 69 13 39 1 14 44 .277 .323
62 Wil Myers 28 SDP 69 217 37 49 11 23 9 29 89 .226 .323
63 Adam Frazier* 27 PIT 64 248 35 65 3 16 2 18 35 .262 .322
64 LgAvg per 600 PA 224 535 74 133 21 71 7 51 138 .249 .320
65 Joe Panik* 28 SFG 61 223 24 55 3 20 3 23 28 .247 .319
66 Orlando Arcia 24 MIL 69 238 30 59 8 29 3 24 54 .248 .316
67 Brian Dozier 32 WSN 67 219 26 50 10 24 1 25 63 .228 .315
68 Evan Longoria 33 SFG 62 209 23 49 7 26 2 21 47 .234 .309
69 Jesse Winker* 25 CIN 62 200 30 46 10 18 0 19 38 .230 .309
70 Lorenzo Cain 33 MIL 66 277 42 69 4 27 7 21 52 .249 .306
71 Victor Robles 22 WSN 67 235 38 55 9 28 9 15 66 .234 .304
72 Hunter Renfroe 27 SDP 64 202 30 50 21 40 3 15 60 .248 .298
73 Yadier Molina 36 STL 55 209 20 55 4 34 4 8 22 .263 .293
74 Franmil Reyes 23 SDP 67 216 30 52 19 33 0 17 66 .241 .291
75 Brandon Crawford* 32 SFG 65 222 23 47 5 19 2 23 57 .212 .286
76 Amed Rosario 23 NYM 67 264 26 64 8 36 6 16 65 .242 .285
77 Steven Duggar* 25 SFG 64 239 25 57 4 28 1 14 74 .238 .280
78 Enrique Hernandez 27 LAD 65 222 26 47 10 33 0 20 59 .212 .279
79 Maikel Franco 26 PHI 65 215 26 44 9 32 0 22 28 .205 .277
80 Kevin Pillar 30 SFG 63 230 29 55 8 31 8 7 38 .239 .267
81 Yasiel Puig 28 CIN 63 238 25 53 12 35 9 13 63 .223 .264
82 Starlin Castro 29 MIA 68 269 19 62 4 28 1 13 44 .230 .261
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/16/2019.

Here’s a look at the Braves scores in games in May and the very hot June they are having now, the Phillies just snapping an 8-game winning streak last night:

Team Game-by-Game Schedule

Gm# Date Tm Opp W/L R RA W-L GB Win Loss Time
Gm# May Tm Opp W/L R RA W-L GB Win Loss Time
30 Wednesday, May 1 ATL SDP W 5 1 15-15 2.0 Fried Quantrill 2:39
31 Thursday, May 2 ATL SDP L 2 11 15-16 2.5 Strahm Foltynewicz 2:53
32 Friday, May 3 ATL @ MIA W 7 2 16-16 2.5 Toussaint Urena 3:08
33 Saturday, May 4 ATL @ MIA W 9 2 17-16 1.5 Soroka Anderson 3:15
34 Sunday, May 5 ATL @ MIA W 3 1 18-16 1.5 Tomlin Guerrero 3:29
35 Monday, May 6 ATL @ LAD L 3 5 18-17 1.5 Buehler Gausman 2:45
36 Tuesday, May 7 ATL @ LAD L 0 9 18-18 2.5 Ryu Fried 2:42
37 Wednesday, May 8 ATL @ LAD L 4 9 18-19 3.5 Kershaw Foltynewicz 2:58
38 Thursday, May 9 ATL @ ARI L-wo 2 3 18-20 4.0 Duplantier Minter 3:13
39 Friday, May 10 ATL @ ARI W 2 1 19-20 3.0 Winkler Lopez 3:00
40 Saturday, May 11 ATL @ ARI W 6 4 20-20 3.0 Gausman Kelly 3:09
41 Sunday, May 12 ATL @ ARI W 5 3 21-20 3.0 Fried Godley 3:21
42 Tuesday, May 14 ATL STL L 3 14 21-21 3.5 Flaherty Foltynewicz 3:00
43 Wednesday, May 15 ATL STL W 4 0 22-21 2.5 Soroka Wacha 2:40
44 Thursday, May 16 ATL STL W 10 2 23-21 1.5 Teheran Wainwright 3:16
45 Friday, May 17 ATL MIL W 12 8 24-21 1.5 Fried Chacin 3:25
46 Saturday, May 18 ATL MIL W-wo 4 3 25-21 1.5 Webb Hader 3:34
47 Sunday, May 19 ATL MIL L 2 3 25-22 2.5 Hader Parsons 2:44
48 Monday, May 20 ATL @ SFG W 4 1 26-22 2.5 Soroka Suarez 2:23
49 Tuesday, May 21 ATL @ SFG L-wo 3 4 26-23 2.5 Gott Jackson 3:16
50 Wednesday, May 22 ATL @ SFG W 9 2 27-23 1.5 Fried Samardzija 2:48
51 Thursday, May 23 ATL @ SFG W 5 4 28-23 1.5 Jackson Moronta 4:21
52 Friday, May 24 ATL @ STL W 5 2 29-23 1.5 Foltynewicz Mikolas 2:44
53 Saturday, May 25 ATL @ STL L 3 6 29-24 2.5 Miller Winkler 2:40
54 Sunday, May 26 ATL @ STL W 4 3 30-24 1.5 Webb Webb 4:07
55 Tuesday, May 28 ATL WSN L 4 5 30-25 2.5 Strasburg Fried 3:21
56 Wednesday, May 29 ATL WSN L 4 14 30-26 3.5 Sanchez Gausman 3:11
57 Friday, May 31 ATL DET L 2 8 30-27 3.0 Turnbull Foltynewicz 2:52
Gm# June Tm Opp W/L R RA W-L GB Win Loss Time
58 Saturday, Jun 1 ATL DET W 10 5 31-27 2.0 Soroka Norris 2:51
59 Sunday, Jun 2 ATL DET W 7 4 32-27 1.0 Toussaint Jimenez 3:18
60 Tuesday, Jun 4 ATL @ PIT W 12 5 33-27 0.5 Winkler Crick 3:46
61 Wednesday, Jun 5 ATL @ PIT L 4 7 33-28 1.5 Musgrove Gausman 2:48
62 Thursday, Jun 6 ATL @ PIT L 1 6 33-29 2.0 Archer Foltynewicz 2:58
63 Friday, Jun 7 ATL @ MIA W 7 1 34-29 2.0 Soroka Urena 2:43
64 Saturday, Jun 8 ATL @ MIA W 1 0 35-29 2.0 Teheran Richards 2:57
65 Sunday, Jun 9 ATL @ MIA W 7 6 36-29 1.0 Winkler Conley 4:26
66 Monday, Jun 10 ATL PIT W 13 7 37-29 Tied Newcomb McRae 3:35
67 Tuesday, Jun 11 ATL PIT W 7 5 38-29 Tied Toussaint Archer 3:15
68 Wednesday, Jun 12 ATL PIT W-wo 8 7 39-29 up 1.0 Webb Feliz 4:17
69 Thursday, Jun 13 ATL PIT W 6 5 40-29 up 1.5 Teheran Musgrove 3:30
70 Friday, Jun 14 ATL PHI W-wo 9 8 41-29 up 2.5 Blevins Neris 3:30
71 Saturday, Jun 15 ATL PHI L 5 6 41-30 up 1.5 Ramos Jackson 3:55
72 Sunday, Jun 16 ATL PHI 1:20 1:20 1:20 Game Game Game Game Game
73 Monday, Jun 17 ATL NYM 7:20 7:20 7:20 Game Game Game Game Game
74 Tuesday, Jun 18 ATL NYM 7:20 7:20 7:20 Game Game Game Game Game
75 Wednesday, Jun 19 ATL NYM 7:20 7:20 7:20 Game Game Game Game Game
76 Friday, Jun 21 ATL @ WSN 7:05 7:05 7:05 Game Game Game Game Game
77 Saturday, Jun 22 ATL @ WSN 7:15 7:15 7:15 Game Game Game Game Game
78 Sunday, Jun 23 ATL @ WSN 1:35 1:35 1:35 Game Game Game Game Game
79 Monday, Jun 24 ATL @ CHC 8:05 8:05 8:05 Game Game Game Game Game
80 Tuesday, Jun 25 ATL @ CHC 8:05 8:05 8:05 Game Game Game Game Game
81 Wednesday, Jun 26 ATL @ CHC 8:05 8:05 8:05 Game Game Game Game Game
82 Thursday, Jun 27 ATL @ CHC 2:20 2:20 2:20 Game Game Game Game Game
83 Friday, Jun 28 ATL @ NYM 7:10 7:10 7:10 Game Game Game Game Game
84 Saturday, Jun 29 ATL @ NYM 4:10 4:10 4:10 Game Game Game Game Game
85 Sunday, Jun 30 ATL @ NYM 7:05 7:05 7:05 Game Game Game Game Game
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/16/2019.

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