Even after a 1-4 start, the Phillies are 14-7 and have a .667 winning percentage. Where are all the fans who wanted to fire the manager, GM, and most of the front office now?
The Phillies have 13 wins in their last 16 games. They are fresh off a 4-game sweep of a 12-6, Pittsburgh Pirates’ team that came to town with a 1.5 game lead in the NL Central Division and leaves town in third place 1.5 games out of first. It was the Phillies third series sweep of the season.
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The going gets tougher as the Phillies will host another equally hot team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, this week. Followed by a series with those pesky Atlanta Braves.
The Phillies are seeing more pitches (3426) than any other team in the league. And even though they rank seventh in plate appearances ( 817), they are seeing the most pitches per at bat (4.193).
Offensively, the Phillies have a slash of .230/.325/.372/.697 which ranks 10th/6th/11th/10th. They are 11th with 19 HR and have the third most Ks at 211.
Yet, they are third in runs scored (106). They have the second most walks (98).
The pitching has been carrying the Phillies so far. Their pitchers have thrown the fewest pitches in the league (3041), walked the second fewest (60), but struck out the fifth fewest (182).
They rank second with a 3.01 ERA, fifth fewest hits (159), second fewest R and ER (74 and 63), fewest HR (12), sixth in batting average against (.226), and second in WHIP (1.14).
Defensively they have committed 18 errors and have the third worst fielding percentage in the league.
Individually, the top 3 hitters are Herrera (.329), Hoskins (.323), and Hernandez (.280). No other position player is hitting above .250, and an alarming number are below the Mendoza line.
I can’t say enough about the pitchers. With the arrival of Tommy Hunter, no pitcher on the staff has an ERA over 5.00. Three starters are below .260 and another is below 4.00.
As good as the pitching has been, the one team that is consistently ranked higher than the Phillies is Arizona. Should be an interesting test this week.
Organizational News and Changes
Tommy Hunter made a couple of rehab appearances and returned to the Phillies. In order to make room, Hoby Milner was optioned to Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies’ XST schedule is available here.
Minor League Report
The GCL Phillies East and West begin their seasons on June 18th and 19th. I have their preliminary schedules. You can see them here.
- June 4-6, 2018 – 2018 MLB Draft
- June 15, 2018 – Williamsport’s home opener v. State College
- June 18, 2018 – GCL Phillies East home opener v. GCL Yankees West
- June 19, 2018 – GCL Phillies West home opener v. GCL Yankees East
- July 13-17, 2018 – All Star Week
- July 17, 2018 – 89th All Star Game
- August 19, 2018 – Phillies v. Mets in the Little League Classic in Williamsport
- December 10-13, 2018 – Winter Meetings at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas
Transactions (recently reported transactions in bold): (40-man stands at 40)
- 4/22/18–Phillies activate Tommy Hunter from DL
4/22/18–Phillies option LHP Hoby Milner to Lehigh Valley
4/21/18–Reading activated LHP Elniery Garcia from the 7-day DL
4/21/18–Jacob Waguespack assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
4/20/18–Lehigh Valley placed Alexi Amarista on the 7-day DL retro to 4/18/18.
4/20/18–3B Heiker Meneses assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
4/20/18–Phillies sent RHP Tommy Hunter on a rehab assignment to Reading
4/20/18–2B Jose Antequera assigned to Reading
4/19/18–Kevin Markham assigned to Lakewood from Clearwater
4/19/18–Lakewood placed CF Simon Muzziotti on the 7-day DL. Finger injury
4/19/18–Ramon Rosso assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/19/18–Will Stewart assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/19/18–LF Danny Mayer assigned to Clearwater from GCL Phillies East
4/19/18–Clearwater placed Edgar Cabral on the 7-day DL retro to 4/17/18
4/19/18–Jakob Hernandez assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/18/18–RHP Connor Seabold assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/18/18–Clearwater placed RHP Alejandro Requena on the 7-day disabled list
4/17/18–Phillies sent RHP Tommy Hunter on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
4/17/18–Reading placed Brandon Bednar on the 7-day DL. Lower back strain.
4/17/18–SS Emmanuel Marrero assigned to Reading from Williamsport
4/17/18–Rafael Marcano signed as an international FA; assigned to DSL Red
4/17/18–Carlos Hernandez signed as international FA; assigned to DSL White
4/16/18–LHP Zach Warren assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/16/18–3B Cole Stobbe assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/15/18–Sixto Sanchez transferred from Williamsport to Clearwater
4/15/18–Rixon Wingrove signed as international FA; assigned to GCL West
- 4/15/18–Jakob Hernandez assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
- 4/15/18–Will Stewart assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
- 4/15/18–Connor Brogdon assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
- 4/14/18–LHP Zach Warren assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
- 4/14/18–LHP Damon Jones assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
- 4/14/18–RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Reading from Williamsport
- 4/14/18–SS Emmanuel Marrero assigned to Williamsport from Reading
- 4/12/18–RHP Connor Seabold assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
- 4/12/18–RF Yahir Gurrola assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
- 4/12/18–RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
- 4/11/18–Lehigh Valley placed RHP Drew Anderson on the 7-day DL retro to 4/8/18. Right forearm strain
- 4/11/18–Connor Brogdon assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
- 4/11/18–Julian Garcia assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
- 4/11/18–CF Malvin Matos assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
- 4/10/18–RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
- 4/10/18–RHP Mauricio Llovera assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
- 4/10/18–Ryan Asencio transferred from GCL East to DSL Red
- 4/10/18–Emiliano Brazano transferred from GCL East to DSL Red
- 4/10/18–Carlos De La Cruz transferred from GCL East to GCL West
- 4/10/18–Christopher Duran transferred from GCL East to DSL Red
- 4/10/18–Juan Geraldo transferred from GCL East to DSL Red
- 4/10/18–Elias Liriano transferred from GCL East to DSL White
- 4/10/18–Juan Miranda transferred from GCL East to DSL White
- 4/9/18–Enyel De Los Santos transferred from Williamsport to Lehigh Valley
- 4/9/18–Yeison Sanchez transferred from GCL West to DSL Red
- 4/9/18–Rafi Gonell transferred from DSL White to GCL West
- The organization’s rosters,
- The organization’s injury list, and
- The organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list is up to date.
Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.