You may not have noticed watching the last few games, but the Phillies have scored more runs than any other team in the National League this season. Here’s how many runs each of their spots in the batting order have scored this year and where that ranks in the league (nothing in this post includes yesterday’s results):

  R NL Rank
1 65 8
2 84 1
3 83 T-1
4 67 T-2
5 76 1
6 53 T-3
7 50 2
8 32 14
9 37 T-1

So the Phillies are at least tied for third in the number of runs scored by each position in the batting order for every spot except the leadoff and eight hitters. Despite the fact that the team scores more runs than any of the other teams in the league, the Phillies’ leadoff men are in about the middle of the pack in terms of runs scored and only two teams have had their eight hitters score fewer runs.

In terms of the percentage of the team’s runs that are scored by each spot in the order, here’s how what the Phillies have done in 2009 compares to the rest of the league:

 
PHI

NL AVG
1
11.9

14.1
2
15.4

13.9
3
15.2

14.3
4
12.2

12.3
5
13.9

11.0
6
9.7

10.0
7
9.1

9.3
8
5.9

8.4
9
6.8

6.7

So, compared to the rest of the league, the Phillies have had a higher percentage of their runs scored by their two, three, five and nine hitters and a lower percentage of the runs scored by their one, four, six, seven and eight hitters.

The most dramatic difference for the Phils in terms of runs scored comes from their five hitters. Their five hitters have scored about 13.9% of the team’s runs compared to the NL average of about 11%. That number has actually fallen off significantly recently — in the middle of June the five hitters had plated more than 15% of the Phillies runs.

Compared to the rest of the NL, the places in the order where the Phillies are getting the lowest percentage of their runs scored are in the leadoff spot and the eighth position in the order. A strong July from Rollins has the percentage of runs scored by the leadoff hitter up from the post in June, but still below the average for the league. The eighth hitters have just struggled for the Phillies, hitting 208/302/350 overall in 2009 after hitting 245/325/363 in 2008.