This week the Phillies posted a 4-2 record. They swept a three-game series from the Miami Marlins but dropped two of three against the Oakland Athletics. They have a 58-91 record and a .369 PCT. They are no longer the worst team in baseball.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are in town for a four-game series and then the Phillies go on their final road trip, three games in Atlanta. They return to CBP to close out the season with two, three-game series against the Nationals and Mets.
The Phillies have been officially eliminated from both the division and wild card races. It is still possible but not likely that they finish above fifth place in the division. The Phillies young line up has been more than competitive this month, and they have moved out of the basement in the overall race. The San Francisco Giants have played badly for most of the season, have finally overtaken the Phillies, and seem a lock to lose one hundred games. The same cannot be said about the Phillies. They play nine of their remaining 13 games against divisional opponents. Weak divisional foes may be their biggest obstacle to the 1:1 pick in the 2018 draft.
Now, the race we still have a chance to win –
- the Giants are 58-93 (.384) and are now the worst team in the majors,
- the Phillies are 1.0 game back (with 91 losses, and 2 games in hand),
- the White Sox (60-89, .403) are 3.0 games back (2.0 behind the Phillies),
- the Tigers (62-87, .416) are 5.0 games back (4.0 behind the Phillies),
- with 13 games left, the Mets, Reds, Padres, and A’s are probably out of the race.
Rhys Hoskins, Rookie of the Year?
The Phillies rookie, first baseman has had quite an impressive start to his major league career. For a while there, he was being compared to some of the greatest players in baseball history as he set records for the quickest to reach 10, 11, 12, …, 18 HRs in history. I even heard him mentioned in the same breath with the immortal Ted Williams for most HRs by a rookie after August 1st, or some such #fakerecord.
So, what about Rookie of the Year? Well Hoskins has played in just 37 games. He has caught everyone’s attention with his torrid start. Even after an 0-11 in the A’s series, Hoskins is slashing .287/.415/.736/1.152 with 18 HR and 39 RBI in 129 AB (159 PA). If he plays the remaining 13 games, Hoskins will have played in only 50 games. He is projected to finish with a .277/.397/.667/1.064, 21 HR and 48 RBI in 177 AB.
Not enough, right? Well, in 1959, Willie McCovey won the National League Rookie of the Year Award and only played in 52 games. He slashed .354/.429/.656/1.085 with 13 HR and 38 RBI in 192 AB (219 PA). He had a 3.1 WAR.
He was the unanimous selection receiving all 24 votes. Other players who lost their rookie status that year included Bob Gibson, Jim Perry, Vada Pinson, Maury Wills, Johnny Callison, Ron Fairly, Bobby Allison (the AL ROY), and Don Demeter.
Of course, the competition has something to do with who wins the award. McCovey’s stiffest competition probably came from the Reds’ Vada Pinson. Hoskins is up against Cody Belinger’s 38 HR and Jose Martinez’ balanced slash.
I’m not advocating that Hoskins should or will win the award. But, there seems to be precedent for him to garner a few votes. Nick Williams is deserving of some consideration, too.
Top 30 Poll
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The “Best of Polls” will start in a day or two.
Key dates remaining:
- The end of the regular season and end of the championship season trigger dates for transactions. I’ll begin posting them next week.
- December 10-14th – Winter Meetings in Orlando
- December 14th – Rule 5 Draft
Last Week’s Transactions:
- 9/13 – Phillies placed LF Daniel Nava on the 60-day disabled list
- 9/13 – Phillies selected the contract of RHPHenderson Alvarez from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 9/12 – Phillies transferred RHP Zach Eflin from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Right shoulder strain
- 9/12 – Phillies activated C Andrew Knapp from the 10-day disabled list
- 9/12 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Victor Arano from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 9/11 – Phillies placed RHP Jesen Therrien on the 60-day disabled list. Right elbow strain
- 9/11 – Phillies activated LHP Zac Curtis
- 9/11 – Phillies claimed LHP Zac Curtis off waivers from Seattle Mariners
- The organization’s rosters are up to date.
- The organization’s injury list is as up to date as I can make it.
- The organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list is as accurate as I can make it based on the
Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.