PRC: Chase Utley

World Series Game 4

Player: Chase Utley
Number: 26
Position: 2B
Bats/Throws: L/R

Consistency: Utley is the heart and soul of the Phillies, the best second baseman of the past decade, and a top player in baseball. He proved it by having another great year. He was strong almost the entire year up until September, where he batted .204. The late struggle led him to finishing with a .282 average, the lowest in his career. His 93 RBI’s was also a career low and ended his four straight seasons with over 100 RBI’s. Also his 28 doubles were a career low as he never hit less than 39 in his time as a starter. Though those numbers dropped, he hit over 30 homers for the 3rd time in the last four seasons and still had a great season compared to other second basemen in the league. He was also voted to his 4th straight All Star game.

His late season struggles quickly vanished as he picked it up in the playoffs. After being the best player in the NLDS, he struggled in the NLCS and then did something truly incredible in the World Series: hit 5 home runs, tying Reggie Jackson’s World Series record.

Regular Season Stats: 156 G, 571 AB, 112 R, 161 H, 28 2B, 4 3B, 31 HR, 93 RBI, 23 SB, 88 BB, 110 K, .282 AVG, .397 OBP, .508 SLG

Post Season Stats: 15 G, 54 AB, 15 R, 16 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR, 10 RBI, 3 SB, 12 BB, 12 K, .296 AVG, .424 OBP, .648 SLG

Fielding: By the baseball Bible, he is considered the best fielding two-bagger in the game but has yet to grab a Gold Glove. Instead, Orlando Hudson, who only played about 100 games, got the award. Utley is a dynamic fielder but hit a dry spell at the end of the year when his over-throws cost the Phils a couple games.

Health: He was never hurt this year, showing his hip was fully healed.

Intangibles: He’s a complete package. He’s a smart player, great fielder, and the best base runner in the game. He’s the face of the Phillies and an icon in Major League Baseball. But despite that, he under-performed this past season.

Overall Grade: B+. His grade would have been higher if he didn’t have career lows in key statistical areas such as batting average, doubles, and RBI’s.

4 thoughts on “PRC: Chase Utley

  1. algionfriddo

    You said… “Orlando Hudson, who only played about 100 games, got the award.”

    You’re welcome to your own opinion, and I really like Utley too but facts are a tricky thing…

    Hudson play 145 games at 2b, only 10 less than Utley… and finished with a better fielding average. Just sayin’.

  2. I was sure of that stat so I didn’t look it up. Thank you for pointing out the mistake, bro.

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