Phils scoring with well-timed power

Updated: April 24, 2003, 9:10 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Is it possible in this day and age for a team to lead the league in runs scored and yet be last in home runs? While it is highly unlikely that anyone will be able to outscore the Colorado Rockies this year, the Philadelphia Phillies find themselves third in the league with 118 runs scored, yet last in home runs at 11.

While it is probably safe to say the Phillies will not finish last in the league in homers by the time it is all said and done -- Jim Thome and Pat Burrell are bound to heat up one of these days -- it is interesting to note that the team has been scoring prodigiously without benefit of an especially high slugging percentage. True enough, though, that slugging percentage is significantly better with runners on base and in scoring position to this point.

Difference in overall slugging average and slugging average with runners in scoring position:
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