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5 Things We’ve Learned From Philadelphia Phillies’ First 35 Games

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5 Things We've Learned About Philadelphia Phillies Through 35 Games

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The Philadelphia Phillies hope they can get one final postseason run out of their core group of veterans, but so far, it doesn't look like that will come to fruition. At just 17-18, the Phillies will need to go on a hot streak in the very near future to have any chance at winning the National League East. Here are five things we have learned about the Phillies in 2014.

5. Chase Utley is Still Elite When Healthy

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5. Chase Utley is Still Elite When Healthy

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In 143 plate appearances, Chase Utley is hitting .344/.399/.547 with a 158 wRC+. The Phillies and their fans are surely breating a sigh of relief, especially since the team just gave Utley a hefty contract extension. It looks like Utley will have at least one more season before his age completely catches up to him.

4. Jimmy Rollins is Still an Upper-Tier Shortstop

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4. Jimmy Rollins is Still an Upper-Tier Shortstop

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After a pretty bad 2013 season, Jimmy Rollins has gotten off to a very good start this year. In 141 plate appearances, Rollins has a .274/.357/.435 line with a 122 wRC+. His 1.4 fWAR is already nearing his 2013 fWAR of 1.6. Maybe people gave up on the veteran shortstop a bit too quickly.

3. Ben Revere Isn't an Ideal Starting Outfielder

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3. Ben Revere Isn't an Ideal Starting Outfielder

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What do you get when you create an outfielder with virtually no power, great speed and average defense? Right, you get Ben Revere. Sure, he has 12 stolen bases, but he is hitting just .279/.295/.310 with a 67 wRC+. For a guy with his speed, he should be an elite center fielder on defense, but he is --at times-- below average with the glove.

2. Marlon Byrd Wasn't a One-Year Wonder

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2. Marlon Byrd Wasn't a One-Year Wonder

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Guys in their late-30s don't generally have breakout seasons, but for Marlon Byrd, that's what happened. In 2013, Byrd hit .291/.336/.511 with a 136 wRC+ with the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates. This season, Byrd is hitting .306/.350/.500 with a 133 wRC+ in 143 plate appearances.

1. Starting Rotation is Very Top-Heavy

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1. Starting Rotation is Very Top-Heavy

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Other than A.J. Burnett and Cliff Lee, who is going to step up for the Phils? Cole Hamels will obviously be better than his current 7.02 ERA, but when will the good Hamels show up? Lee has a 3.64 ERA and Burnett's is 2.90.