MLB Power Rankings Roundup: Where do Phillies stand after 10 games ?
The MLB power rankings are all over the place. After the season started on a Friday, some outlets released their rankings following the opening weekend, while others chose to wait until a full week of the season had played out.
MLB.com can’t even be bothered to write a few sentences describing why they chose to put a team in that specific position. When people wonder why baseball has fallen so far behind the NFL and NBA in popularity, look no further than the lazy, entitled ‘creative’ minds working for the league.
The consensus seems to be that the Phillies are somewhere between garbage fire and a middle of the pack team. Understandable, considering this team entered 2022 with rather lofty expectations.
Allowing 25 runs during a disastrous 4-game series in Miami will tend to do that. Ten games is a rather small sample size, so no reason to panic; yet the problems that torpedoed the 2020 and 2021 Phillies teams appear to be rearing their ugly head again in 2022.
Taking a look at a few select team pitching and hitting rankings and there is little surprise that the Phillies pitching has really let them down early on in 2022.
- ERA: 5.07 (26th)
- ER: 49 (26th)
- Bullpen ERA: 4.43 (24th)
The Phillies offense hasn’t exactly been clicking early on, with Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber and Matt Vierling (pretty much the entire outfield) struggling. Thus far though, the numbers suggest they have still been an above average unit overall.
- OPS: .746 (9th)
- Hits: 82 (10th)
- Runs: 42 (15th)
- Avg RISP (7th)
For anyone in Philadelphia feeling blue on a Monday afternoon in which the Phillies have lost 5 of 6 games, let me remind you that the 2008 World Series Champion Phillies also began the season with a 4-6 record. Click the link if you don’t believe me. I wouldn’t mess with your mental health like that.
Power Rankings Roundup
10. Philadelphia Phillies (+3)
It was an adventurous first week for Alec Bohm. He made three errors in the first three innings on Monday and was caught on camera saying “I f—- hate this place.” He then pinch-hit on Tuesday and in a shocking turn of events, Phillies fans gave him a standing ovation. Who knew you had it in you, Philadelphia? For now, third base remains a timeshare with Bohm, Johan Camargo and rookie Bryson Stott, although you have to think the Phillies will want Stott to eventually play every day — either at third, shortstop or in Triple-A. Bohm’s defense was an issue before the three-error game, so don’t be surprised if Camargo ends up playing a lot. — Schoenfield
16. Phillies (15)
20. Philadelphia Phillies (-10)
They’ve lost five of six and have generally looked pretty awful in doing so. Just remember it’s still early, Phillies fans.
14. Philadelphia Phillies (-1)
Seranthony Domínguez earning himself high-leverage innings in relief.
17. Philadelphia Phillies (-4)
The Phillies’ minus-9 run differential is indicative of the potential extremes we could see from this team in 2022. Led by prized signing Nick Castellanos, the offense has ripped the cover off the baseball. However, pitching has been iffy. Kyle Gibson’s been great through two starts, but he shouldn’t be put in the position of carrying the staff throughout the year.
15. Philadelphia Phillies (last ranking: 13)
Nick Castellanos has already become a fan favorite by making an immediate impact in the lineup, and Alec Bohm mended his fences with the Philly faithful and had seven hits in his first 10 at-bats of the campaign. How will this offense look when Kyle Schwarber and Bryce Harper start hitting?
The Phillies will look to improve on these rankings when they open a three game set in Denver on Monday night as they take on the Colorado Rockies with the first pitch scheduled for 6:40 pm.
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