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The Phillies went 2-4 last week losing both series to the Dodgers and Cardinals. They completed a 5-4 home stand. They go on the road this week for a two-game series against the White Sox and 3-game series against the Mets. They are off on Monday and Thursday. Their record stands at 58-67 (14-19 since the break).
The Phillies lost 2.5 games on the second wild card spot and trail St. Louis by 9.0 games. They have four teams between them and the second spot and two of them are in their division. So much for my positive outlook last week.
The Phillies’ .464 winning percentage still gives them the 10th worst winning percentage. The White Sox are the 11th worst team. The two games with the Sox this week are crucial.
What’s up with Cesar Hernandez. He’s leading the team with his .295 batting average. Herrera is second with a .282 average. And, Rupp is third at .276.
Franco is leading the team with 22 HR. Ryan Howard has 19 with 187 less AB. Joseph has 16 in 218 less AB.
BTW, Howard was batting .154 at the All Star break. Since then, he is batting .339 with 7 HR and 16 RBI. He is batting .378 in August.
As a team, the Phillies are toward the bottom of the league in most offensive categories. And, their pitching has finally cratered and the staff is in the bottom half of the league in most categories.