Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Progress Report: The second tenth of the season

Three games have been played since the Phillies played their second 16-game stretch of the year. This report does not include those three games. Let's look at how the Phillies have been so far. Here's what we had to say the first time through.

The Standout Stars

Victor Arano The 23-year-old might be on the disabled list, but he's been quite a factor in the bullpen.
Jake Arrieta Despite getting a late start, Arrieta has been as advertised. He and Nola are a strong front end of the rotation.
Maikel Franco The third baseman makes a leap from the Satisfactory category. He's been a driving force in the Phillies' early success.
Luis Garcia The Phillies' bullpen has had its ups and downs, but Garcia has been a strong performer so far.
Rhys Hoskins This might be what we're going to get. A .280 batting average, a .400 on-base percentage and 28 home runs. Don't complain about that.
Cesar Hernandez The second baseman is on pace for 30 stolen bases and 20 home runs. If he does that this team will win a Wild Card spot.
Odubel Herrera The Phillies' center fielder has been one of the ten best position players in the National League so far this year. Through 31 games, he's hitting .322/.383/.461 with spectacular defense.
Aaron Nola The right-hander has been on fire, holding batters off balance. If he keeps this up, he's going to be an All Star this year.
Edubray Ramos He's having another solid season at the Bank.

Commendable Performances

Pedro Florimon He's pitched, he's hit, and he's fielded cleanly. It's been nice having Pedro Florimon around, honestly.
Tommy Hunter After returning from an injury, the right-handed reliever has delivered in most of his outings.
Drew Hutchison There can be no denying he had a solid start to the season.
Adam Morgan The lefty is on the disabled list, but he was pitching well early in the campaign.
Hector Neris The closer has been more effective recently and is helping hold down the end of the game.
Yacksel Rios The Phillies didn't expect to have him pitching in half their games, but here we are. He's been surprisingly effective. 
Carlos Santana The hits are starting to come and he's continuing to push pitchers with long at-bats and drive the all when he makes contact. His defense has been superb.

Satisfactory performances

Aaron Altherr The lanky outfielder has driven the ball fairly well and played good defense. But he's been struggling to get on base when he puts the ball in play.
Nick Pivetta His recent struggles aside, the Phillies are getting a solid return from the tall righty.

Needs improvement

Jorge Alfaro He is still incredibly raw behind the plate and his bat hasn't quite come around yet.
J.P. Crawford He's missed time with an injury, but he's been moderately successful when he's been on the field. The Phillies need more from him, though.
Scott Kingery He's gonna be fine. It can't be easy not playing every day, though. You have to wonder if they'll send him down to get more reps.
Andrew Knapp With Alfaro's struggles, Knapp has an opportunity to take over. He's missing the opportunity.
Ben Lively The right-hander hasn't pitched particularly well and is on the disabled list.
Hoby Milner As the second lefty in the 'pen, the Phillies need more from him.
Jake Thompson Kid got rocked early and you have to wonder if he'll be back.
Vincent Velazquez He shows signs of dominance but is far too inconsistent.
Nick Williams Fans hope he becomes a sweet-swinging compliment to the offense. He can be that, as he showed in 2017. But he hasn't shown it in the early goings of 2018.

Too Early To Tell

Jesmuel Valentin, Seranthony Domingez, Zach Eflin, Zac Curtis


GM-Carson said...

Santana starting to FINALLY hit is much needed.

Garcia has been alright, but not a standout by any means. Allows too many base runners.

Love what Franco is doing.

Hoskins is slumping. Striking out a lot.

Altherr has improved a lot over last couple weeks. Started season stone cold.!

ripjgarcia said...

Wow.. The Phillies pitchers had 55 strikeouts in 4 games. Also the Giants struck out 55 times in 4 games. Not sure who to give proper credit to.

GM-Carson said...

Phillies had an amazing series as a whole against the Giants. Noice!