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Count our blessings and other postseason stats

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Most of us are thankful for many things this holiday—family and friends, our health, and sharing the Thanksgiving meal, among others. And for anyone who has frequented this site, not far from our thoughts, the Phillies finally broke through to the postseason for the first time in 11 years, and they made a thrilling run all the way to the World Series.

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In addition to plenty of heroic and exciting gameplay, Postseason gave us some noteworthy real-life facts.

The Phils have played in 26 postseason series of all kinds, from the League Wildcard (now 1 time) to the World Series (8 times), and they now have a 13-13 record.

They’ve also now played in 120 postseason games, and are again perfect at 60-60.

In MLB history, 30 franchises have played 1,747 games in the postseason (including 3 tackles). Of the 30 franchises, 13 have surpassed . 500 in postseason games; 16 under .500. The Phillies are the only franchise to score exactly . 500.

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In their eight World Series games, they are now 2-6, arguably the worst record of any team (the Cubs are the closest 3-8, many teams are 0-2). Over the past 50 years, things have been getting better.

Stylish fifty

Nifty may be its expansion, but nonetheless there has been some good news in the past half century. Since 1973, their regular season record is still not stellar: 503% WL, which is, well, good enough for Tenth best during that time.

But they’ve had more than their share of postseason events over the past 50 years:

  • Only 7 teams have more appearances in the postseason: NYY, LAD, ATL, STL, OAK, BOS, HOU
  • Only 3 have more leagues (hence the appearance of the WS): NYY, LAD, STL
  • Only 7 Have More WS Championships: NYY, BOS, OAK, LAD, CIN, SFG, STL

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Even these last 50 years started with plenty of post-season losses, from a sweep by the Big Red Machine in 1976, to Black Friday in 1977 and another disappointing loss to the Dodgers in ’78.

So through 1978, after 96 years of franchise history (including 76 years in the World Series era), the Phillies haven’t won a single series in the postseason:

0-5 in the postseason series
3-17 in postseason games

They missed the postseason entirely in 1979, but then their fortunes began to change. since then:

13-8 in the postseason series
57-43 in postseason games

That includes a 2-4 record in their six World Series appearances – WS’ four losses tie for the most in MLB since 1979, with the Braves (also 2-4) and Cardinals (3-4).

Champions

Many Phillies have contributed deep in their careers, but some postseason stats deserve special mention:

  • Bryce Harper hit .349/.414/.746 in 17 games, for 1.160 OPS. This included an additional 13 core injuries, associated with third more EVER IN THE POSTSEASON – The only two players with more hits than ever were David Freese in 2011, and Randy Arzarena in 2020, both with 14.
  • Harper, Kyle Schwarber, and Rice Hoskins all clocked 6 hours in the preliminaries, tied for the In second place In any Phillies postseason:

7 – Jason Wirth 2009
6- Lenny Dykstra 1993, Chase Utley 2009, and Harper Schwarber Hoskins 2022
4 – Gary Matthews 1983

  • Added is the probability of winning how much each player in the bat changes the probability of a team winning that game. For example, a solo homer in the final innings of a tie game is worth more than a solo homer on a blast.

Phillies biggest hits By WPA this postseason:

471 – Harper’s “swing of his life” in Game 5 of the NLCS
442 – Jean Segura’s single to tie Game 1 of the Wildcard Series
343 JT Realmuto’s 10th inning at HR in Game 1 of the WS
251 – Hoskins HR teamed two runs to tie game four of the NLCS in the fifth inning

In Phillies postseason history, Harper and Segura are ranked first second and third All-time double behind only Jimmy Rollins to the end

And the Phillies’ overall leaders in the WPA postseason:

2.80 – Harper
2.70 – Hoskins
2.18 – Segura
2.11 – Realmute
2.10 – Schwarber
2.06 – Castellanos

Also be sure to check out John Stolnis Top 10 moments From the Velez track.

World Championship

A monster 3-run HR by Yordan Alvarez in Game 6 put the Astros ahead 3-1 (before they beat another one), and proved to be the death knell for the Phillies’ run. It was also the 100th HR that the Phillies have given up in postseason history.

Early in the postseason, the Phils also hit their 100th home run in postseason play, finishing with 120, good for ninth among all teams. The 24 they scored in this postseason race was one short of their team’s high of 2009.

The 2022 World Series was in many ways an exclamation point at recent trends: increased Ks, decreased number of balls in play, decreased triples, intentional walks, sacrifices:

  • It was his 118th world championship, but only the 11th not to include a hat-trick. The last time that happened? 2008
  • It was only the eighth cycle of WS that did not involve intentional walking, and only the sixth without a victim.
  • It was the first WS in history without any of these three (Triple, IBB, sac bunt). In fact, prior to this year, there was never a WS that didn’t include any of at least 2 of 3.
  • The strike rate of 29.4% was the second highest in series history, behind only 29.7% in 2020.
  • The three true hits (“TTO,” or HRs, Ks, and Walks) accounted for more than 40% of plate appearances for only the second time in WS history, trailing only 43.8% for 2020.
  • Balls in play set a new all-time low, with 60.1% plate appearances (ie hits, including strikeouts, in-play runs including sacrifice flies, sacrifice flies).
  • The combined batting average of the two teams was . 203, very low (10th all-time low), but there have been 7 series with combined averages below the Mendoza streak.

It was a steal btw in this World Series about average, historically (similar to regular season ’22).

It was the last World Series to be played before new rules were put in place in 2023, including limiting turnover, enforcing the pitch clock, and capping the number of pick-up throws.

Given these changes, World Series 22 could be the last of its kind for many of the above trends, and most fans will be fine with that.

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