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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Monday, April 3, 2017


A look at the 2017 Phillies, by the numbers:

0: Members of the 2008 championship team on the Opening Day roster.
1: Cesar Hernandez's spot in the batting order.
1.14: The WHIP of Jerad Eickhoff in his first two seasons, second lowest by any Phillie since 1901.
2: The number of 2016 All-Stars – Odubel Herrera and Michael Saunders - who will be in the starting outfield.
3: The number of years that Cameron Rupp's father once pitched in the Montreal Expos system.
4: The number of projected Phillies starters who hit at least 20 home runs last season – Maikel Franco, Michael Saunders, Tommy Joseph and Freddy Galvis.
5: Positions (first, second, third, short, left) played by Andres Blanco last year.
6: Saves blown in 2016 by Jeanmar Gomez.
7: Countries represented by major and minor league Phillies in the World Baseball Classic.
8: Seasons since the last Phillies world championship.
9: Times in his 11-year career that Howie Kendrick has hit .285 or better.
10: Seasons since MVP Jimmy Rollins called the 2007 Phillies the “team to beat.”
11: Consecutive appearances by Joely Rodriguez last season in Reading without allowing an earned run.
13: Times Hernandez was caught stealing last season in 30 attempts.
14: Wins in April for the 2016 team, against 10 losses.
16: Strikeouts by Vince Velasquez of San Diego Padres last April 14.
18: Games for the Phillies played by Pete Mackanin in 1978 and 1979.
20: More games lost than won by the 71-91 2016 team.
23.0: Consecutive scoreless innings thrown by Aaron Nola from April 22 through May 8 last season.
33: The 2011 round Brock Stassi, who won a spot on the Opening Day roster, was drafted in.
37: Saves from Gomez in 2016.
39: Joaquin Benoit's age.
46: The uniform number of the late Dallas Green, the Phillies wearing a patch this season in his memory.
102: Strikeouts by Hector Neris last season, second most by a reliever in Phillies history. Dick Selma had 153 in 1970
155: The number of games started by Herrera in center last season, most in the National League.
.194: The batting average that Pat Neshek held opponents to last season in Houston.
230: Reporting weight at spring training for bulked-up Edubray Ramos.
.306: Maikel Franco's batting average over the final 26 games of last season.
333: The pick in the 2004 draft that the Mariners spent on Michael Saunders.
382: The career home runs gone with the buy-out of Ryan Howard.
.500: The modest goal for the record, at least early in the season, set by Mackanin.
.944: OPS of revived Aaron Altherr in spring training.
.987: Freddy Galvis' fielding percentage last season, tops among National League shortstops.
9,208: Total victories in Phillies history.
10,317: Total losses in Phillies history.
23,643: The Phillies' disappointing average home attendance last season, 24th best in baseball.
17,200,000: The dollars Jeremy Hellickson accepted for one year as a qualifying offer, rejecting free agency.


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