The Phillies have a MLB-best record of 68-39, and this will likely continue as the offense is starting to produce and the pitching remains strong. Below are individual Phillies July stats and grades.
#/# = AVG/OPS
Carlos Ruiz/C .324/.917, 11 R, 8 DBL, 8 RBI. Howard gets all the hype for being a "2nd half player", but Chooch deserves some recognition too (Career splits: 1st half- .247/.694, 2nd half- .280/.822). Grade: A+.
Ryan Howard/1B .250/.746, 16 R, 7 DBL, 4 HR, 17 RBI. It's that time of the season for the Big Piece to step up his game. Grade: C+.
Chase Utley/2B .293/.869, 18 R, 8 DBL, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 6 SB. He's playing everyday, and he's playing like his old self. Good news for the Phillies, bad news for the rest of baseball. Grade: A.
Michael Martinez/3B .247/.684, 10 R, 5 XBH, 15 RBI, 3 SB. As shocking as it is, this is better production than Polly was giving the Phils from the hot corner over the past couple months. Grade: C+.
Jimmy Rollins/SS .312/.898, 20 R, 5 DBL, 6 HR, 16 RBI, 8 SB. J-Roll is set to become a free agent this offseason and he wants to stay in Philly and get paid. Grade: A+.
Raul Ibanez/LF .284/.878, 14 R, 5 DBL, 7 HR, 25 RBI. Guess it's not quite time yet to take him out to the pasture after all. Grade: A.
Shane Victorino/CF .364/1.062, 12 R, 9 XBH, 6 RBI, 2 SB. If not for time on the DL this month, the Flyin' Hawaiian might be in the conversation for NL MVP. Grade: A+.
Domonic Brown/RF .296/.764, 15 R, 4 XBH, 6 RBI. Dom is still developing and now the Phils want him to get ready to play LF next season, but he was producing. Ben Francisco was the one that should have been optioned to the minors instead. Grade: B.
Ben Francisco/OF .227/.581. Benny Fran is turning out to be a dud that probably won't be back with this team in 2012. Grade: D-.
Ross Gload/PH .158/.463. Not doing much of anything, and he's only scored 2 runs the entire season. Grade: F.
Brian Schneider/C .263/.760. He's a backup catcher that doesn't play much, so I never get too worked up either way about his performance. Grade: B.
Wilson Valdez/UTL .167/.417. Has take a backseat to Martinez, 'nuff said. Grade: F.
John Mayberry/OF .300/.967, 4 R, 8 DBL, 3 HR, 14 RBI. Has displaced Francisco as the team's 4th outfielder. Grade: A+.
#:# = BB:K, #/# = ERA/WHIP
Roy Halladay 3-1, 35 IP, 3:29, 2.57/0.94. NL Cy Young? Grade: A+.
Cole Hamels 3-2, 36 IP, 9:30, 3.25/1.03. Having his best season of his career. Grade: B+.
Cliff Lee 1-2, 33 IP, 5:40, 4.91/1.33. Phillies fans expect more. Cliff Lee expects more. Grade: C-.
Vance Worley 4-0, 35.1 IP, 9:29, 2.04/0.82. Who saw this level of success coming? Grade: A+.
Kyle Kendrick 1-1, 32 IP, 10:13, 3.94/1.38. For a 5th starter KK does the job well. Grade: B-.
Antonio Bastardo 1-0, 12 G, 10.1 IP, 5 SV, 1 HLD, 3:14, 2.61/0.68. Scoreless streak ended, but his dominance has not. Grade: A.
Ryan Madson 7 G, 6.2 IP, 3 SV, 1 HLD, 1:8, 1.35/0.75. Mad Dog is setting himself up for a big contract this offseason. Grade: A+.
David Herndon 7 G, 7 IP, 2 HLD, 1:8, 3.86/1.29. Sometimes he's good, sometimes he's bad. He's a true relief pitcher that way, in that he's a crap-shoot. Grade: B-.
Michael Stutes 2-1, 10 G, 12 IP, 1 HLD, 3:12, 3.75/1.08. The rookie has been good, but he's showing signs of leaking. Grade: B.
Juan Perez 1-0, 6 G, 3.2 IP, 1 HLD, 3:7, 4.91/1.09. He had 1 bad outing, but aside from that has only allowed 1 hit in 8 appearance this season (.063 BAA). Grade: C+.
Not Receiving Grades: Placido Polanco, Pete Orr, Hunter Pence, Brad Lidge, Andrew Carpenter, Danys Baez, and Scott Mathieson.