10 most interesting Phillies stats through 3 games
Making pitchers work
Let's start with a positive early trend. Four of the top seven players in the National League in pitches seen per plate appearance are Phillies.
Andrew Knapp is second (5.00), Cesar Hernandez is fourth (4.73), Aaron Altherr is sixth (4.62) and Rhys Hoskins is seventh (4.58). Carlos Santana is 21st at 4.33.
It's early but this is a significant difference from years past. Last season, Hernandez led the team at 4.01.
The Phils as a team are averaging 4.3 pitches per plate appearance. Last season, they saw 3.93. Over the course of a nine-inning game, that's 15 to 20 extra pitches.
They should be able to make Matt Harvey work tonight in a game exclusively on NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports App.
Kingery's quick start
Scott Kingery is the first Phillie since 2008 to start his career with two straight multi-hit games. The last was Lou Marson in '08. Prior to that, it was Jimmy Rollins in 2000.
Talk about a steal
Kingery (48th overall) is the only position player drafted between 10th and 99th in 2015 who is currently in the majors.
The real deal
Rhys Hoskins is off to a fast start and it's great to see after he finished 2017 by hitting .135 with no homers in his last 16 games.
Hoskins opened the season with two doubles and a homer within his first four at-bats, becoming only the second Phillie since 1961 with three extra-base hits in his four ABs of a season.
The only other? Ruben Amaro Jr. in 1992.
Stay a while
The Phils' average game time so far has been 3 hours and 42 minutes. They had only 13 games that long in all of 2017.
This average will go down, but Phillies games will inevitably be longer this season with a more selective lineup and Gabe Kapler's penchant for pitching changes.
Toward the bottom
As of Tuesday, there were 124 different pitchers who had started a game. Of the 124, the Phillies' trio of Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez and Aaron Nola ranked 116th, 120th and 122nd in pitches thrown.
Everybody (else) hits
The Phillies have allowed their opponents a .325 batting average, last in baseball. No other team is higher than .299.
Calls to the pen
The Phillies set a major-league record by using 15 pitchers in their first two games.
Florimon makes history
Pedro Florimon was the first position player in MLB history to pitch in March. That's for any team.
Still just Doc
Because Hoby Milner's inherited runner from Aaron Nola scored, Roy Halladay (2012) remains the only Phillies starting pitcher in the last 20 seasons to allow no runs on Opening Day.