Phillies Lead The NL East – Just Don’t Look At Their Record

Phillies Lead The NL East – Just Don’t Look At Their Record

Welcome to our weekly Philadelphia Phillies report. The Phillies have gone 4-5 in their last nine games and now hold the top spot in the NL East. At this point, the entire division is within a game of each other with May almost here.

This Phillies team continues to plug away, jockeying for position to better evaluate their situation around the trade deadline. It’s a completely normal process and part of baseball’s life cycle.

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For Philadelphia, it is a little more pronounced this season than in seasons prior. Over the last week, Rhys Hoskins hit five home runs. Though he had just seven total hits over that span, it’s nice to get potency from Hoskins when he does come through. Bryce Harper has slowed down a bit, but still has been amazing so far this season, hitting .321 with 6 home runs and a .448 OBP.

From a pitching perspective, the Phillies have had pretty solid results from their top three rotation guys. Nola, Wheeler, and Eflin all have ERAs under 3.6 and WHIPs under 1.12. Though Eflin hasn’t been strong in the strikeout department, you can’t really ask for much more from the top half of the rotation.

Neris, Coonrod, and Alvarado have been solid out of the bullpen, but the rest of the pen has been underwhelming, to say the least. Though the bullpen has been terrible at times, the Phillies seem to have what it takes in close games this season (unlike last year). Over the past eight days, the Phillies have gone 4-2 in games decided by two runs or less. Last season, we’d have expected it to be the other way around.

Over the next week, the Phillies will wrap up their away series at St. Louis, then they’ll have a full week home to host the Mets and Brewers. Maybe the Phillies are going to wait around for a couple of months before making a decision, but I think going after another solid rotation guy right now could keep them in contention in the NL East this season.

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Jacob deGrom (-118) or Corbin Burnes (+500) to win NL Cy Young

Just yesterday, the Brewers placed Corbin Burnes on IL for “unspecified reasons”. He’s currently second in the NL Cy Young race, with 49 strikeouts and zero walks thus far in the season.

Frankly, it’s a historically amazing start. The unfortunate part is, you could already lose betting on him at +500  if it’s announced he is going to miss at least a month of playing. Since there is no designated timetable for his return, Burnes is a complete shot in the dark.

On the other hand, deGrom is the Major League leader in strikeouts (59) and second in the league in ERA (0.51). Jacob deGrom is a proven stud, while Burnes had his breakout year just last season. Naturally, there’s a good chance we see some regression in both (from these insane numbers), but the variance is much lower with deGrom.

Aside from these two guys, nobody else in the National League appears to be threatening either for the Cy Young, except for maybe Joe Musgrove of the Padres. Even with Musgrove tossing a no-hitter a few weeks back, he’s another truly late breakout pitcher, so it’s difficult to gauge just how much of his 2021 season is a fluke thus far.