The Phillies have been ransacked by injury this season which is one of the reasons that they are in third place in the N.L. East. The Phillies are 47-40 on the season which has them 4.5 games behind the Braves. Here is a close look at the surprises and disappointments for the Phillies so far this year:
Surprises: 47-year old lefty starting pitcher Jamie Moyer has really been solid for the Phillies so far this year. Moyer has started 17 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 9-8 with a 4.51 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. The Phillies need him to keep up the good work in the second half. 26-year old lefty Cole Hamels is looking like his old self again this year. He has started 18 games for the Phillies this year and he is 7-7 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. 38-year old righty reliever Jose Contreras has been really effective as a full time reliever for the first time in his career. Contreras has pitched in 35 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he is 4-3 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. 32-year old righty swinging infielder Wilson Valdez has done a solid job filling in for Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins this year. He has played in 55 games for the Phillies this year and he is 42 of 168 (.250 avg, .665 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 4 homers, 21 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.
Disappointments: 38-year old LF Raul Ibanez is really starting to look his age this season. He has played in 85 games for the Phillies this year and he is 71 of 292 (.243 avg, .724 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 7 homers, 39 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. 29-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Blanton has really been awful this season for the Phillies. Blanton has started 13 games for the Phillies this year and he is 3-5 with a 6.41 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. He has given up 103 hits (15 homers) in only 80 innings pitched this year. 29-year old righty reliever Ryan Madson has really been awful for the Phillies this year. He has pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he is 2-0 with 4 saves, a 6.55 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. Madson has missed most of the season because he hurt himself throwing a temper tantrum after a loss early on.