Offensively, the Phillies are just as handicapped as they were in 2015. They were extremely lucky thanks to their pitching keeping them in the plethora of one-run games.
There is, however, some bright spots to compare. Last season, the Phillies offense hit just 130 home runs. Giancarlo Stanton hit nearly half of that in one night at the Home Run Derby. Thus far, the 2016 team has 89 home runs. While still among the basement-dwellers of the National League, they are on-pace to surpass their previous seasons total.
Ryan Howard led the 2015 squad with 23 home runs. Maikel Franco has already accumulated 18, three more than Howard at the mid-point last season.
Only four Phillies have hit double-digit home runs in 2016: Franco, Howard, Odubel Herrera, and Tommy Joseph. The 2015 club had five players reach that “milestone” all season: Howard, Franco, Jeff Francoeur, Cody Asche, and Darin Ruf.
Odubel Herrera leads the team in walks this year with 44. That’s four more than 2015’s leader Ceasar Hernandez in all of 2015.
While the numbers are not much improved, they are showing signs of future upward trends. The new faces in the clubhouse and in the minor league system will certainly determine that outcome.
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