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How did the Phils stack up?

Throughout this first week or two of the offseason, we here at High Cheese will try to take a look back at the 2008 Phillies and try to make some sense of the season through words and numbers. We'll get into some position-by-position stuff a little later, but first I thought I'd throw out a set of numbers for you to digest. The following are the Phils' position-by-position splits from the regular season compared to the National League average at each position. I have spent the last 72 hours combing through each team's final 2008 stats and adding all of these numbers up by hand. Actually, that last sentence was a lie. Kudos to Baseball-Reference.com for making these numbers readily available. Paul Hagen always talks about the good old days when he would sit at his wooden desk with a No. 2 pencil and, in the dim light of an oil lamp, add up all his statistics from the previous season. Personally, I don't think the Good Old Days sound like very much fun.

How did the Phils stack up?

Throughout this first week or two of the offseason, we here at High Cheese will try to take a look back at the 2008 Phillies and try to make some sense of the season through words and numbers. We'll get into some position-by-position stuff a little later, but first I thought I'd throw out a set of numbers for you to digest. The following are the Phils' position-by-position splits from the regular season compared to the National League average at each position. I have spent the last 72 hours combing through each team's final 2008 stats and adding all of these numbers up by hand. Actually, that last sentence was a lie. Kudos to Baseball-Reference.com for making these numbers readily available. Paul Hagen always talks about the good old days when he would sit at his wooden desk with a No. 2 pencil and, in the dim light of an oil lamp, add up all his statistics from the previous season. Personally, I don't think the Good Old Days sound like very much fun.

But I digress. . .

If you feel like any particular pair of numbers tells you anything, feel free to expound in the comments section. I'm pretty much just detailing these as some Food for Thought. The number in the parenthases is the NL Average in that category for that position. Keep in mind that both numbers are adjusted to 650 plate appearances for the sake of comparison which is why Phillies first baseman are listed as having 43 home runs, even though Ryan Howard hit 48.

Catcher
BA/OBP/SLG: .243/.327/.367 (.255/.328/.387)
Home runs: 14 (14)
RBI: 68 (75)
Runs: 72 (80)

First Base
BA/OBP/SLG: .245/.338/534 (.255/.328/.534)
Home runs: 43 (25)
RBI: 133 (75)
Runs: 138 (80)

Second Base
BA/OBP/SLG:
.293/.379/.535 (.271/.338/.408)
Home runs: 29 (13)
RBI: 94 (67)
Runs: 96 (70)

Third base
BA/OBP/SLG: .245/.295/.400 (.265/.335/.441)
Home runs: 19 (21)
RBI: 75 (80)
Runs: 76 (84)

Short stop
BA/OBP/SLG: .277/.346/.430 (.276/.334/.404)
Home runs: 11 (10)
RBI: 62 (56)
Runs: 65 (59)

Left field
BA/OBP/SLG:
.252/.367/.497 (.271/.350/.453)
Home runs: 30 (21)
RBI: 87 (77)
Runs: 93 (81)

Center field
BA/OBP/SLG:
.292/.354/.470 (.271/.344/.444)
Home runs: 19 (17)
RBI: 70 (71)
Runs: 74 (74)

Right field
BA/OBP/SLG:
.262/.332/.424 (.271/.344/.444)
Home runs: 20 (19)
RBI: 65 (77)
Runs: 68 (80)

Pinch hitter
BA/OBP/SLG: .253/.309/.415 (.229/.317/.345)
Home runs: 20 (12)
RBI: 94 (76)
Runs: 101 (81)

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
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