Bats Unleashed

The 1893 Phillies were a run-scoring machine; in 133 games they scored 1,011 runs (7.6 per game). They scored 10 or more runs 40 times, winning 34 and losing 6; of the six losses, five were by 10-11 scores, one was 10-13. Five players scored 100 or more runs, Ed Delahanty led with 145. Billy Hamilton missed 50 games with injuries and still scored 110 runs. Utility man Lafayette Napoleon “Lave” Cross, played six positions in 96 games and scored 86 runs. Thompson, Delahanty, and Hamilton were responsible for most of the havoc, batting, respectively, .370, .368, and .380. A case could be made that because the league had expanded to 12 teams, the quality of pitching suffered accordingly. But any doubts that these Phillies could handle any kind of pitching, were dispelled when they beat Cleveland’s 34-game winner, and rising star, Cy Young, 16-6 on June 29, and 12-5 on August 22. 

But it was no use, the team finished fourth, 14 games behind the winning Beaneaters. Heading into July, it was the usual story: hard to lose at home, hard to win on the road. As late as July 10, the Phillies at 40-20 led the league by two games over Boston, but it was mostly downhill after that as Boston, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland picked up the pace while the Phillies, facing 51 road games in July, August, and September, faded. 

By max blue

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