The Phillies Aren’t Hitting Relievers

The Phillies are currently 3-5 and coming off a bit of a downer of a 3rd game in their series with the Marlins. In the final game of the series the Phillies repeated a pattern that they have had in many of their games this season. After scoring three runs early in the game, the Phillies managed 1 hit over the final 6 innings. When the Phillies bullpen faltered, the offense could not muster any runs to hold off defeat.

On the year the Phillies are hitting .278/.380/.474 off of starting pitchers. In 160 plate appearances they have 22 walks to 36 strikeouts. Now much of this is boosted by Saturday’s destruction of the Marlins, but the Phillies also knocked Noah Syndergaard out of the game early in their series vs the Mets before being unable to muster anything against the bullpen. Early in games the Phillies have been grinding at bats, and drawing walks. Last in games they have been having strikeouts and an inability to sustain offense. The results has been outcomes like this.

1st inning: .333/.439/.545 7 BB 10 K
2nd inning: .214/.290/.357 3 BB 11 K
3rd inning: .353/.439/.529 6 BB 6 K
4th inning: .324/.425/.529 6 BB 8 K
5th inning .115/.207/.346 3 BB 6 K
6th inning: .281/.415/.438 7 BB 11 K
7th inning: .115/.148/.346 1 BB 10 K
8th inning: .111/.172/.148 2 BB 11 K
9th inning: .150/.292/.150 4 BB 7 K

Now we are talking about sub 30 PA sample sizes and unsutainably low BABIPs in the late innings and unsustainably high BABIPs in the early innings. Based on luck alone, the Phillies should get a hit off a reliever at some point this season. For now, the numbers match the eye test, which is the Phillies just not doing much of anything against bullpens this year.


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  1. Romus

    April 09, 2018 03:40 PM

    This is a mystery.
    Except for the Thor start, most of the relievers have come in throwing heat , hotter than the starters that preceded them. But MLB hitters can feast on FBs.
    That guy from the Marlins…tall Tayron Guerrero, was really bringing it in his first relief appearance and then got hit some in his second on Saturday night.
    I would hope John Mallee and Pedro G. have seen this early trend, and will try to work to correct it if it continues.

  2. Wawa Mike

    April 10, 2018 10:12 AM

    I never worry too much about Batting averages in April. I expected Crawford to get off to a slow start, and the 4 starting outfielders need to work out the kinks.

  3. Tim

    April 10, 2018 11:53 AM

    Well at the very least it gives this tired-ass dad a reasonable excuse to turn off the game early and go to bed. “Eh, they can’t hit relievers, might as well hit the ol’ sack.”

  4. Michael C Lorah

    April 11, 2018 07:36 AM

    Jared Hughes and Tanner Rainey take issue with this article. 😉

    • awh

      April 11, 2018 01:13 PM


    • ed

      April 11, 2018 01:45 PM

      as well as the whole Marlins bullpen too

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