Offense to Blame for Phillies’ 3-13 Skid

If there was any doubt that the Phillies were out of contention before embarking on a ten-game road trip, it has been erased as the Phillies dropped two of three to the Marlins in Miami and were just swept out of Pittsburgh by the Pirates. Since sweeping the Braves in Atlanta and taking the first two games of a four-game set against the Cardinals in St. Louis, the Phillies have lost 13 out of their last 16 games.

The culprit? An anemic offense. Here are some fun facts about their 3-13 skid:

Over those 16 games, the Phillies are slashing .206/.259/.288. Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, the worst hitter in baseball according to FanGraphs, is slashing .218/.256/.290. Essentially, the Phillies’ lineup has been rendered equivalent to the worst-hitting player in the game.

The Phillies have hit nine home runs, seven of which — their last seven, in fact — have been of the solo variety. Marlon Byrd is responsible for six of those nine home runs.

The Phillies have had 30 run-scoring plays over their last 16 games. Only four (13 percent) have scored multiple runs.

Offensive contributions over the last 16 games by player:

Aside from Revere and Byrd, and occasionally Gwynn, no one has contributed anything offensively.

On June 30, when I wrote up a first-half report card for the Phillies, they had a .242 batting average (24th out of 30), a .305 on-base percentage (26th), and a .368 slugging percentage (27th) with a .125 ISO (25th). They’re now hitting for a .237 average (27th), .300 on-base percentage (27th), and a .361 slugging percentage (29th) with a .124 ISO (26th).

So, the Phillies are bad. Time to sell.

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  1. Beez Nutz

    July 07, 2014 08:54 AM

    As most of us are real actual Phillies fans, we’ve some pretty awful baseball teams.

    This team really may rank for me as the absolute toughest to watch. Not sure if its the recent run of success which has spoiled me, but this is the most frustrating team I can remember watching.

    • JAX Phils Phan

      July 07, 2014 02:02 PM

      @Beez, I don’t think the past success has spoiled us, I think the issue is the expectations. The “expectation” is that a team being paid as much as these guys are would be at least palatable to watch. Unfortunately, they are horrible and I for one can’t stand to watch an entire game any more. At least when the team sucked, they just sucked and it was expected. Now they suck, but are being paid like they are all-pros, which is even worse.

    • Ginner207

      July 07, 2014 04:00 PM

      It’s so hard to watch them because we’re so used to watching most of the guys play well. It’s hard watching so many players (Howard, Rollins, Utley, Ruiz, Hamels, Lee) play on such a terrible team when at one time or another, each had at the very least All-star expectations, if not Hall of Fame speculation at the beginning of their careers. Watching the most winning players in Phillies history struggle like this is very unpalatable.

  2. Matt

    July 07, 2014 09:16 AM

    You know how you can tell your team isn’t that good? I mean besides stuff like standings, stats, attendance etc. You know your team isn’t that good when they’re in the process of getting swept and the announcers are trying to read lips during a conversation between your closer and the bullpen cop.

    Not that I can blame the announcers. This is the kind of season (era?) where the fans have to entertain themselves with things other than good baseball. I’m personally cheering for the Phils to reach the rarified air of having the 3rd highest payroll in major league baseball AND 100 losses. You can do it, guys!

  3. Richard

    July 07, 2014 09:31 AM

    It also seems, totally anecdotally, that a weirdly large proportion of their runs lately have happened with the aid of unlikely errors by the opposing team

    • Bill Baer

      July 07, 2014 09:33 AM

      Wonder if this will fit. Here are the plays scored as errors in their last 16 games:

      Update… Nope. Didn’t fit. Link: bbref.com/pi/shareit/uXVxI

      Going down the list:
      – June 20: did not score
      – June 22: did not score
      – June 24: scored (error led to 3-run inning)
      – June 25 (Revere): scored
      – June 25 (Utley): did not score
      – June 26: scored
      – June 27: scored
      – June 28: did not score
      – July 1: did not score
      – July 3: scored (fielders choice, no out)
      – July 6: scored

      So 8 of the 41 runs (19.5%) the Phillies have scored over their last 16 games have been in some way related to a defensive miscue by the opposing team.

      • Richard

        July 07, 2014 10:26 AM

        Ugh, wow. 8 runs may not be that many as such; the problem is the 41.

        :(

  4. Major Malfunction

    July 07, 2014 10:37 AM

    MiniMart lifetime = .185/.236/.259

    Yes, that right folks, 7 of the players on that list are playing BELOW The Mighty MiniMart’s lifetime slugging percentage.

    At least RAJ doesn’t owe him $60/m. So he’s got that going for him.

  5. awh™

    July 07, 2014 01:31 PM

    Bill, here’s a question:

    What other teams in MLB history have gone into collective slumps like this?

    That’s what is amazing to me. We’ve seen individual players do this, but 3/4 of a roster? I know it’s probably not unprecedented, but they’ve almost ALL been below their season averages.

    Rollins and Utley have had decent years overall, but have been crap the last 16 games. And of those 34 PA that Mayberry had, how many have been against RHP?

  6. JAX Phils Phan

    July 07, 2014 02:03 PM

    How much longer until Football season?

    • Ginner207

      July 07, 2014 04:03 PM

      9 weeks!

      As is typical of most Phillies fans at Phillies game during terrible seasons, lets do the Eagles chant…

      E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!!!

  7. Karen

    July 07, 2014 05:06 PM

    My question is why do we still have the same hitting coach?

    • Roger Freed

      July 08, 2014 03:31 AM

      Probably the same reason we have the same management up and down the list, including player development.

    • Somnambulator

      July 08, 2014 12:22 PM

      Better question would be, why do we have the same GM?

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