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The Phillies are Joe McEwing or maybe Tom Pagnozzi

May 4, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

Joe McEwing

26 games into the 2012 season, the Philadelphia Phillies are hitting .256/.300/.361. It’s not the worst OPS for major league teams — the Marlins, Cubs, Padres, Pirates, Nationals and A’s all fare worse — but it is pretty bad, particularly since the Phillies play in a better hitter’s ballpark than most of those other clubs. Their isolated slugging percentage of .105 is next to worst in the majors, barely ahead of the Nationals at .104. Even the light-hitting Padres are at .114 despite their Petco Park time.

So, I thought it’d be fun to take a glance at some of the players who compare best with these 2012 Phillies…. those who hit closest to .256/.300/.361 over significant careers.

Joe McEwing – .251/.302/.355 in nine seasons
Tom Pagnozzi – .253/.299/.359 in 12 seasons
Luis Sojo – .261/.297/.352 in 14 seasons
Gerald Laird – .242/.301/.360 in his 10th season
Billy Martin – .257/.300/.369 in 12 seasons
Jose Macias – .256/.298/.371 in seven seasons

So, yeah, the Phillies are even getting outslugged by Jose Macias. On the plus side, they’re not too far away from hitting like a Hall of Famer. Bill Mazeroski came in at .260/.299/.367 during his 17-year career.

  1. schmedley69 - May 4, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Mmmm, yeaaahh. The Phillies are missing their 2 best hitters, and there are 5 teams hitting worse, yet you choose to single out the Phillies. Does Calcaterra have the night off?

  2. mdpickles - May 4, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    I’d prefer the Billy Martin comparison. Win or lose, youse gonna get drunk as hell!

  3. natsattack - May 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    But Mazzerozki knew what the hell to do with a glove on your hand.

  4. ame123 - May 4, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    This is a pretty weak trolling attempt. Lets see to make a point about a team with low OPS you pick the 7th worst team? Not to mention the Phillies are currently 18th in MLB in scoring, so they are middle of the pack team offensively without its 2 best hitters.

  5. sdh726 - May 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Phil’s have only played 10 home games of 26 and have played in some away parks such as San Fran and San Diego; didn’t they just score 13 runs the other night?

  6. Spiro Agnew - May 4, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Yeah but McEwing was awesome, the Phillies on the other hand…

  7. Francisco (FC) - May 4, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Matthew, Matthew, Matthew… (sigh) leave the baiting to professionals, Craig you ain’t.

    • Utley's Hair - May 5, 2012 at 2:04 AM

      The Master Baiter he is not.

  8. mall0215 - May 5, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    Always hating on the Phil’s man

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