The Philadelphia Phillies have made it through April’s mediocre schedule. In that month’s span of time, the Phillies looked like the team was either hungover from the World Series run or players who were participants for their respective countries in the World Baseball Classic.
Also in that time, the Phillies offense looked like world beaters and accumulated hits in bunches, which willed the Phillies to an April record of 15-14. April provided many stats that could be described in all types of colorful ways but I decided to focus on one area in particular. I am going to name five dynamic statistics from the Phillies’ first month of the season.
The Phillies' lineup is strong
Dynamic Statistic #1: The Philadelphia Phillies place in the top 10 for multiple offensive categories like hits, doubles, triples, batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base plus slugging percentage. The Phillies can flat-out rake at the dish.
In 28 games, the Phillies tallied 261 hits which was good enough for the second-best in the entire MLB. The only team that was ahead of the Phillies was the Tampa Bay Rays, baseball’s best team so far. The Phillies had a comfortable lead of nine more hits than the team that placed in third for the month.
The Phillies were in a three-way tie for the fourth-most doubles in the MLB at 56 in April. They trailed only the Boston Red Sox (60), Pittsburgh Pirates (61), and Arizona Diamondbacks (62). Philadelphia found itself in a four-way tie for eighth-most doubles in the MLB with four, sharing the Rays, Miami Marlins, and Cincinnati Reds. Four is a common number for the Phillies here as they hit well enough to have the fourth-best team batting average at .270 behind only the D-Backs, Cubs, and Rays. The Phillies ranked eighth best in the league in slugging percentage at .436, an impressive feat without big boppers Rhys Hoskins and Bryce Harper being absent from the lineup.