Two big items on the to-do list for the Phillies before the post-season starts. The biggest is getting some stability at the back of the bullpen, but also critical for the team will be getting the offense looking like the offense again. The Phils led the NL in runs scored in the first half of the season, scoring about 5.35 runs per game, but have slipped to the middle of the pack in the league in the second half, scoring about 4.56 runs per game since the break.
Here’s the rate at which the eight regulars for the Phillies registered runs, hits, doubles and triples, home runs and strikeouts per 100 plate appearances in the first half of the season:
And here are the numbers for the second half (not including last night’s game):
And here’s how their rates for the second half compare to the rates for the first:
So, for example, Ibanez is scoring about 70% of the runs per 100 plate appearances in the second half of the season that he did in the first.
Ruiz is having a monster second half.
Utley is down in all five categories in the second half. Feliz and Ibanez are down in four. Victorino is down in three.
Ibanez’s numbers for home runs are way down in since the break and Utley’s rate of long balls is down as well, but the rest of the group is hitting more home runs. The Phillies lead the NL in home runs since the All-Star break. By a lot. They’ve hit 82 — Arizona is second and they’ve hit 70.
What they’re not doing more of is walking. With the exceptions of Ibanez and Ruiz, everyone is drawing walks at a worse rate in the second half than they did in the first. Rollins’s walk rate for the year started out bad in the first half and has been atrocious in the second half. Thanks to his walk-free second-half, Rollins is now drawing walks for the season at a rate that is lower than the serial non-walker Feliz. Including last night’s game Rollins has now walked 37 times for the year in 643 plate appearances. That’s once every 17.4 plate appearances or 5.8 walks per 100 plate appearances. Feliz has walked 34 times in 599 plate appearances — once every 16.4 plate appearances or 6.1 walks per 100 plate appearances.
Condrey has been activated. The linked article also says that Happ hopes to be back in the rotation on Friday and that Eyre threw lightly without pain. Dobbs went 0-for-2 rehabbing at Lakewood.