Philadelphia Phillies: Top 10 shocking 2020 season stats
By Matt Rappa
1. Hector Neris Did Not Allow a Single Home Run
The 2020 Phillies bullpen was historically bad, combining for the second-worst ERA in Major League Baseball history — 7.06.
Spanning 189 appearances, the group committed more blown saves (12) than successful saves (11); across 186 innings, it surrendered 246 hits, 159 runs (146 earned), 87 walks, and 42 home runs.
Surprisingly, closer Hector Neris accounted for none of the 42 home runs surrendered among Phillies relievers. Neris appeared in 24 games and 21 2/3 innings in 2020, and even blew three of his eight save opportunities. Yet, none of his 11 earned runs allowed through 21 2/3 frames were via a home run. Neris was coming off of two straight seasons allowing 10 or more home runs, both years under then-manager Gabe Kapler.
The Phillies recently agreed to terms with Neris on a one-year contract for $5 million, slightly more than a month after declining his $7 million club option. He will be a part of an overall new-look bullpen under Caleb Cotham, who replaced Bryan Price as pitching coach this offseason.
There is a lot to remember from the 2020 season in more ways than one, as seen from just these 10 stats alone. The Phillies will look to return to some normalcy in 2021, not only with fans in attendance at Citizens Bank Park — inside and not behind the center field gates — but also perhaps reach the postseason for the first time in a decade.
Just who will be on the roster during that effort remains to be seen.