Phillies: How June of 2016 compares to June of 2017
After another rough month for the Phillies, how do their numbers in June 2017 compare to those in June 2016?
After a miserable month of May, Phillies fans were hoping for a better June with some exciting baseball, and with the organization calling up some of its major prospects. The fan base, unfortunately, left the month of June disappointed again.
After a hot start to the month, winning four of the team’s first five games, the Phillies would enter an eight-game losing streak. That spiraled them into an 9–18 record for the month of June.
Much like the month of May, the team would finish in the bottom half of all the key offensive categories. They would finish with a .241 team average, good for 27th in the league, 29th in home runs with 24, 30th in RBIs with 88, and 30th in runs scored with 94.
Philadelphia would improve their team pitching stats in the month of June and finish in the middle of the pack in some categories. Their 4.57 team era in the month of June puts them at 17th, 124 earned runs surrendered ranked them at 15th, and the team ranked 19th in strikeouts with 214.
While the pitching staff would rank in the middle of the league in most pitching categories, when it came to opposing batting average they ranked in the bottom half. Allowing a .276 average which would be 23rd best in the league.
Despite fans screaming for big name call-ups, they would not get their wish, as many minor call-ups were made throughout the month. However, the first big name call-up would come on the last day of June as the team called up outfield prospect Nick Williams.
Williams is projected to be a corner outfielder for years to come, and was one of the major pieces in the Cole Hamels trade. In his debut, he would go 1-3 with a single against Jacob DeGrom and the New York Mets.
Despite a month filled with negatives, there were a few positives in the month of June 2017. Despite numerous mental errors on the basepaths, Odubel Herrera began to find himself comfortable again at the plate with a .311 average for the month.
Aaron Altherr and Tommy Joseph found some power as well, hitting five home runs each, combining to hit 10 of the 24 home runs hit by the team in the month.
When looking back at the June 2016 Phillies, things were just as bad, as the team finished with a record of 9-19. While they had the same number of wins, their offensive team numbers were better a year ago than this season.
The team average would be .246 ranking 25th in the league. They would rank in the bottom half in runs and RBIs as well ranking 21st in both with 114 runs and 111 RBIs. In the home run category, the team would be slightly in the top 20, ranking 19th with 33 home runs.
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While the team’s offense would regress in June 2017 compared to June 2016, the team’s pitching stats would improve.
In June 2016, the team ranked at the bottom of the league in era, earned runs surrendered, and opposing batting average. Their 5.34 era and 146 earned runs allowed would rank them 29th in the league. With regard to the opposing teams batting average, they would finish dead last, ranking 30th with an opposing average of .302.
A bright spot for the pitching staff would be their strikeouts, as the staff would strike out 227, ranking them ninth in the league.
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June was a tough month for both the 2016 and 2017 Phillies, who both showed an inability to produce runs and stop the other team from producing runs of their own.
With the call-up of Nick Williams, hopefully, more young talent will follow, and the team can start to play some exciting baseball once again.