5 Philadelphia Phillies Players Who Have Had Surprising Starts In 2014

5 Philadelphia Phillies Players Who Have Had Surprising Starts In 2014

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The season has been full of ups and downs so far for the Philadelphia Phillies, with varying performances from a variety of players en route to a 7-9 record. Some players have jumped out of the gate, while others have struggled to produce as expected. Here are five Phillies whose starts to 2014 have been surprising.

5. Jake Diekman

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5. Jake Diekman

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Philadelphia Phillies reliever Jake Diekman looked poised to be an anchor in the back of the bullpen in 2014. That hasn't happened yet, as he's surrendered seven earned runs in just 7.1 innings of work this season.

4. Cody Asche

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4. Cody Asche

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Third baseman Cody Asche is batting only .195 in 2014, and just recorded his first hit in over a week last night. He's struggled defensively as well, committing two errors on the young season.

3. Tony Gwynn Jr.

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3. Tony Gwynn Jr.

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Tony Gwynn Jr. has been a pleasant surprise for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014. The outfielder may not have any homers or RBIs yet, but he's batting over .300 and has an OBP of .407.

2. Cliff Lee

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2. Cliff Lee

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Cliff Lee hasn't pitched like the ace of old for the Philadelphia Phillies so far. He may have two wins in 2014, but he's surrendered 40 hits in 27 innings of work and has an ERA of 4.00.

1. Chase Utley

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1. Chase Utley

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Chase Utley has been an outstanding second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies for years, but even his start to 2014 has turned heads. Utley's .429 batting average is tops in the majors, and he's among the league leaders in both OBP and SLG.

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