With the Phillies 6-1 win over the Miami Marlins yesterday, they are now 30-30 on the 2013 season. Here are 30 facts about the season so far, for your enjoyment:

  1. The team is .500 for the first time since April 14. They were 6-6 on that date.
  2. With yesterday’s win, the team has their first four-game win streak of the season.
  3. The team is four games better than their “Pythagorean Winning Percentage,” which says they should be 26-34.
  4. Pythagorean W%: estimate of teams winning percentage given their runs scored and runs allowed.
  5. This is the Phillies second-worst start (through 60 games) in the Charlie Manuel era. 2012 was the worst (29-31).
  6. Ryan Howard hit a two-run triple on Wednesday. It was his first of the season.
  7. Ryan Howard has 18 career triples.
  8. Cole Hamels won his second game of the season on Wednesday.
  9. Last season, Hamels won his second game on April 20.
  10. His 4.35 ERA this season would be the worst of his career (4.32 in ’09).
  11. His nine losses are already just two shy of his career high.
  12. Hamels is one loss away from being the first Phillies’ pitcher since 1992 to lose 10+ games before the All-Star break.
  13. That pitcher was Kyle Abbott, who finished 1-14 on the season with a 5.13 ERA.
  14. The Phillies entered June with a worse record (26-29) than last season (27-25).
  15. They went 9-20 last June.
  16. Their horrid month of June dropped them eight games in the NL East standings.
  17. With a 4-1 record so far this month, they’re on pace for much better results.
  18. Jimmy Rollins leads the team in walks with 24, and is on pace for 59 this season. His 62 walks in ’12 were a career-high.
  19. Domonic Brown hit his NL-leading 18th home run yesterday.
  20. He’s fourth in the NL with 44 RBIs.
  21. Brown raised his average nearly 30 points (from .257 to .284) in just the last 10 games.
  22. He’s the only player to hit 12 home runs in a calendar month while drawing zero walks.
  23. Or 11 home runs in a calendar month while drawing zero walks.
  24. Or 10 home runs in a calendar month while drawing zero walks.
  25. Or nine home runs in a calendar month while drawing zero walks.
  26. Only three people in MLB history have hit eight home runs in a calendar month while drawing zero walks.
  27. Those players are Miguel Olivo (June 2009), Tony Armas (August 1988) and Ernie Banks (August 1968).
  28. John Mayberry Jr is the first player in MLB history to hit two extra inning home runs in one game.
  29. That included a solo shot to tie the game in the 10th and an epic walk-off grand slam in the 11th.
  30. Phillies batters have the fifth-highest average age in the MLB at 30.2 years of age.

 

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C.J. Burns is the owner and head blogger of Phielder’s Choice and a contributor for BuzzOnBroad.com. Follow him on Twitter @CJBurns215

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