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:
- Ryan Howard: .175/.277/.193 (.470 OPS) in 65 plate appearances
- Chase Utley: .200/.234/.250 (.484) in 64 PA
- Cody Asche: .233/.246/.383 (.629) in 61 PA
- Jimmy Rollins: .233/.294/.283 (.577) in 68 PA
- Domonic Brown: .225/.279/.225 (.504) in 43 PA
- Ben Revere: .328/.369/.410 (.779) in 65 PA
- Marlon Byrd: .259/.295/.569 (.864) in 61 PA
- John Mayberry, Jr.: .097/.176/.097 (.273) in 34 PA
- Tony Gwynn, Jr.: .286/.500/.571 (1.071) in 11 PA
- Cesar Hernandez: .182/.250/.182 (.432) in 24 PA
- Cameron Rupp: .136/.136/.227 (.364) in 22 PA
- Koyie Hill: .154/.214/.231 (.445) in 14 PA
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.