Phillies 2013 preview: How Chase Utley ranks among NL No. 3 hitters

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

Here is how the Phillies compare to the rest of the National League in the three-hole, base on the total number of bases a player creates divided by the total number of outs he creates, using the last three years as the sample size (see the previous post for a more thorough explanation).

  1. Joey Votto, Reds: 1.120
  2. Ryan Braun, Brewers: 1.016
  3. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: .953
  4. Matt Holliday, Cardinals: .930
  5. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins: .921
  6. Matt Kemp, Dodgers: .891
  7. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: .886
  8. David Wright, Mets: .848
  9. Chase Utley, Phillies: .842
  10. Justin Upton, Braves: .831
  11. Bryce Harper, Nationals: .808
  12. Pablo Sandoval, Giants: .749
  13. Yonder Alonso, Padres: .720
  14. Aaron Hill, Diamondbacks: .696
  15. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs: .687

As I mentioned in the leadoff post, you’ll have to eyeball things like progression/regression, consistency and home/road splits. I’d have Stanton-Kemp-McCutchen ahead of Carlos Gonzalez. Harper could go either way: he is clearly a tremendous talent, but so was Jason Heyward, and he struggled mightily in his second year in the National League. Rizzo might be the biggest wild card of them all.