A look at the Phillies at the All Star Break


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Hoskins deposits home run 20 into the stands in New York yesterday

The Phillies won the last game leading up to the All Star Break , a break that will give them an extra day off, they are off until Friday, all except JT Realmuto, who is in Cleveland to join the festivities at the Midsummer Classic and represent the Phillies there. Incidentally, the reserve players and pitchers are now sent to the All-Star game with a combination of the players ballots and the Commissioner’s office, no longer does the manager recommend who goes to the AS Game. The Phils record stands at 47-43 on the year, 4 games over .500 – they have dropped into 3rd place in the NL East just behind the Washington Nationals.

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Harper is going to be out attempting to stretch his hit into a double yesterday

The Phillies slide from 1st place has been an interesting in the fact that including off days, the team was in first place for 76 days, then started a steep fall from there on June 11, which was the last time the team was in first place. A few injuries, and some questionable play on the field, along with Odubel Herrera getting into trouble in Atlantic City seemed to signal a downward trend for this ball club.

The Phillies were 17-11 in the month of May, then when June arrived, things started to unravel, the team went 11-16 – a total opposite of the month before. The combination of quiet bats and poor pitching showed up, as well as a few times when players weren’t hustling on the field. Jay Bruce was added to this ballclub and has paid some big dividends so far, it’s kind of scary to think what might have happened with this team without his contributions (10 HR and 29 RBI in 28G).

Here’s the Phillies offensive numbers at the break:

Team Batting
Rk Pos Name Age G PA AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP
1 C J.T. Realmuto 28 85 338 308 55 84 19 10 42 24 77 .273 .328
2 1B Rhys Hoskins 26 89 392 315 47 83 20 20 59 68 94 .263 .401
3 2B Cesar Hernandez# 29 89 366 333 42 95 18 7 40 23 49 .285 .339
4 SS Jean Segura 29 80 355 331 55 92 20 10 40 18 42 .278 .322
5 3B Maikel Franco 26 82 297 269 35 61 11 13 41 27 36 .227 .296
6 LF Andrew McCutchen (60-day IL) 32 59 262 219 45 56 12 10 29 43 55 .256 .378
7 CF Odubel Herrera* 27 39 139 126 12 28 10 1 16 11 33 .222 .288
8 RF Bryce Harper* 26 90 395 332 53 84 24 16 62 59 105 .253 .370
Rk Pos Name Age G PA AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP
9 CF Scott Kingery 25 58 218 202 31 59 16 11 27 12 61 .292 .344
10 LF Jay Bruce* 32 28 107 103 14 30 6 10 29 3 16 .291 .308
11 OF Nick Williams* (40-man) 25 50 86 81 8 14 4 1 4 3 30 .173 .221
12 C Andrew Knapp# 27 40 81 66 7 10 2 1 2 13 26 .152 .291
13 UT Sean Rodriguez 34 35 71 58 11 13 3 2 8 7 19 .224 .324
14 UT Phil Gosselin 30 32 50 49 3 12 3 0 6 1 10 .245 .260
15 CF Roman Quinn# 26 19 50 45 6 5 1 0 2 5 19 .111 .200
16 OF Aaron Altherr 28 22 30 29 2 1 1 0 1 1 9 .034 .067
17 UT Brad Miller* 29 17 27 23 4 7 0 2 4 4 5 .304 .407
18 CF Adam Haseley* (40-man) 23 2 8 7 2 1 1 0 1 1 1 .143 .250
19 Mitch Walding* (40-man) 26 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000
20 Dylan Cozens* (40-man) 25 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
Rk Pos Name Age G PA AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP
21 P Aaron Nola 26 19 44 35 4 1 0 0 1 5 21 .029 .150
22 P Jake Arrieta 33 17 40 35 2 6 0 0 4 1 15 .171 .194
23 P Zach Eflin 25 16 30 29 1 4 0 0 1 0 19 .138 .138
24 P Nick Pivetta 26 11 24 23 1 2 0 0 0 0 17 .087 .087
25 P Jerad Eickhoff (10-day IL) 28 12 19 14 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 .000 .067
26 P Vince Velasquez 27 20 15 12 1 3 0 1 2 2 2 .250 .357
27 P Cole Irvin* (40-man) 25 5 6 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 .250 .500
28 P Ranger Suarez* 23 5 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000
29 P Juan Nicasio (10-day IL) 32 31 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000
30 P Drew Anderson (40-man) 25 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000
31 P Enyel De Los Santos (40-man) 23 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000
32 P Seranthony Dominguez (10-day IL) 24 26 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000
33 P Pat Neshek# (10-day IL) 38 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 P Edgar Garcia 22 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 P Hector Neris 30 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 P Victor Arano (60-day IL) 24 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 P Fernando Salas 34 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 P Adam Morgan* 29 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 P Tommy Hunter 32 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 P J.D. Hammer 24 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 P Austin Davis* (40-man) 26 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 P Jose Alvarez* 30 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
43 P Edubray Ramos (40-man) 26 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 P David Robertson (60-day IL) 34 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
45 P Yacksel Rios 26 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 27.8 90 3460 3057 442 753 171 115 421 334 775 .246 .325
Rank in 15 NL teams 8 6 10 4 10 4 8 9 8
Non-Pitcher Totals 27.9 90 3275 2899 432 735 171 114 413 323 689 .254 .333
Pitcher Totals 27.3 90 185 158 10 18 0 1 8 11 86 .114 .172
Rk Pos Name Age G PA AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/8/2019.

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Nola looks like he is regaining his better form lately, still the only pitcher the Phillies can count on

What changed with this team from one month to the next? A few injuries popped up, it may have upset the delicate balance of chemistry on the ballclub. Bats went silent as well, there were many stretches where the Phillies were losing, at one point a 7-game losing streak happened. Pitching wasn’t too reliable either, here’s a look at the pitching in the first half:

Team Pitching
Rk Pos Name Age W L W-L% ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO
1 SP Aaron Nola 26 8 2 .800 3.74 19 19 110.2 100 49 46 15 44 124
2 SP Jake Arrieta 33 8 7 .533 4.67 18 18 108.0 118 60 56 18 40 85
3 SP Zach Eflin 25 7 8 .467 3.78 17 17 100.0 104 47 42 17 26 83
4 SP Nick Pivetta 26 4 3 .571 5.84 11 11 61.2 72 42 40 16 19 52
5 SP Jerad Eickhoff (10-day IL) 28 3 4 .429 5.71 12 10 58.1 58 37 37 18 18 51
Rk Pos Name Age W L W-L% ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO
6 CL Hector Neris 30 1 3 .250 3.16 37 0 37.0 27 14 13 5 13 49
7 RP Juan Nicasio (10-day IL) 32 1 2 .333 5.24 32 0 34.1 42 22 20 3 15 31
8 RP Jose Alvarez* 30 0 2 .000 3.86 35 1 32.2 35 16 14 5 12 28
9 RP Seranthony Dominguez (10-day IL) 24 3 0 1.000 4.01 27 0 24.2 24 13 11 3 12 29
10 RP Adam Morgan* 29 3 3 .500 4.15 30 0 21.2 14 10 10 2 7 19
Rk Pos Name Age W L W-L% ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO
11 Vince Velasquez 27 2 5 .286 4.63 20 10 56.1 56 30 29 13 23 63
12 Cole Irvin* (40-man) 25 2 1 .667 7.82 6 3 25.1 33 23 22 7 7 23
13 Edgar Garcia 22 2 0 1.000 6.08 24 0 23.2 25 16 16 8 12 26
14 Pat Neshek (10-day IL) 38 0 1 .000 5.00 20 0 18.0 23 11 10 5 2 9
15 J.D. Hammer 24 1 0 1.000 3.38 17 0 16.0 11 6 6 2 8 10
16 Edubray Ramos (40-man) 26 1 0 1.000 4.15 17 0 13.0 16 7 6 2 4 9
17 Enyel De Los Santos (40-man) 23 0 1 .000 7.36 5 1 11.0 13 9 9 4 5 9
18 Ranger Suarez* 23 0 0 3.48 5 0 10.1 11 4 4 2 3 11
19 Austin Davis* (40-man) 26 0 0 7.20 7 0 10.0 12 8 8 3 10 10
20 David Robertson (60-day IL) 34 0 1 .000 5.40 7 0 6.2 8 4 4 1 6 6
21 Drew Anderson (40-man) 25 0 0 7.50 2 0 6.0 6 5 5 1 6 6
22 Victor Arano (60-day IL) 24 1 0 1.000 3.86 3 0 4.2 2 2 2 1 2 7
23 Tommy Hunter 32 0 0 0.00 4 0 4.1 2 0 0 0 0 5
24 Yacksel Rios 26 0 0 0.00 3 0 2.2 3 3 0 1 3 2
25 Fernando Salas 34 0 0 9.00 1 0 1.0 3 1 1 1 0 1
26 Sean Rodriguez 34 0 0 0.00 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1
27 Aaron Altherr 28 0 0 9.00 1 0 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 2
Team Totals 27.8 47 43 .522 4.64 90 90 800.0 820 440 412 153 297 751
Rank in 15 NL teams 3 11 12 9 14 11 11 15 8 14
Rk Pos Name Age W L W-L% ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO
Generated 7/8/2019.

What can the Phillies do to turn this around? Is it still possible for them to be a playoff contender? The answer is yes to both questions, but the team has to find out how to do that. Is Arrieta injured? The Phillies have some work to do to figure out if this is a team that has a future in the playoffs.

Will the Phillies be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline? The answer may yet still to be determined, how will they do when the team gets back together on Friday and faces the Nationals, a team that has gone 8-2 in their last 10 games.

The 90th All-Star game will be played in Cleveland, the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Love the logo for the game this year). Last night, in Cleveland, there was a Futures game in which young MLB talent was displayed, namely for the Phillies, Alec Bohm was there at 3rd base. Of course there are going to be All-Star snubs as everyone that is having a very good season doesn’t always make it to the game. It’s an honor to make it there, but I am sure a few players would love to spend a few summer days at home with family as well.

The MLB Home Run Derby (Bryce Harper will not be there) is tonight at Progressive Field (it features a top prize of $1M to the winner tonight), a stadium that cost $175M to build in 1994, when it was known as Jacobs Field, wow, the contracts in baseball have soared well above that amount now for the top players.


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