A Hos-toric Debut: Rhys Hoskins' rookie season by the numbers

A Hos-toric Debut: Rhys Hoskins' rookie season by the numbers

Not Babe Ruth. Not Ted Williams. Not Mike Schmidt.

If you want to go more modern day, not Miguel Cabrera or Mike Trout, or even Aaron Judge.

None of those players have done what Phillies rookie Rhys Hoskins is doing. We are witnessing history in the making, and there are still 18 games left on the season.

With the two home runs he added Tuesday night, balls that traveled an estimated 844 feet combined, Hoskins stands at 16 home runs. That's in 32 games. He wasn't brought up until Aug. 10. He also has 34 RBIs. These are not misprints. Keep in mind he began his major league career 0 for 12, too.

Let's take a long drive, deep into the numbers for Hoskins. Watch these babies because they are way outta here. 

• Fastest player to hit 16 home runs in MLB history (32 games). Courtesy of CSN’s Dan Roche, by comparison, here is the number of games it took these all-timers to reach 16 homers: Hank Aaron (137), Mike Schmidt (115), Barry Bonds (103), Willie Mays (55).

• MLB record for most homers after making debut Aug. 1 or later. Previous mark held by Ted Williams with 13 in 1953. 

• Third fastest player to gather 34 RBIs in 32 games: Ted Williams (36), Albert Pujols (35) (h/t MLB.com's Todd Zolecki).

• Since his 0 for 12 start: .333 avg, 16 HR, 34 RBIs, .456 OBP, .843 SLG

• He is tied for third on the Phillies in home runs: Tommy Joseph (21), Maikel Franco (20), Aaron Altherr (16). At-bats: Joseph — 470, Franco — 525, Altherr — 312, Hoskins — 114.

• Counting Triple A stats (Lehigh Valley), Hoskins has 45 total home runs, second most in professional baseball behind Giancarlo Stanton with 54.

• Projected power numbers over 162 games: 81 HR, 172 RBIs.

Tonight's lineup: Herrera leads off as Hernandez sits


Tonight's lineup: Herrera leads off as Hernandez sits

With eight games left in the Phillies' season, Pete Mackanin is still playing to win.

After dropping the series opener in Atlanta, 7-2, Friday, Mackanin made several changes to his lineup for Game 2 tonight. His first change is at the top of the order, as Cesar Hernandez sits and Odubel Herrera moves up to the leadoff spot.

The decision to rest Hernandez appears based on his poor career numbers against Atlanta's starter, Julio Teheran. Hernandez is 3-28 against Teheran, while Herrera is 5-23. Teheran is 1-2 this season against the Phillies. He won his previous start against them on Aug. 30, allowing just one run and striking out eight in 6 2/3 innings pitched. 

Herrera has no hits and six strikeouts in his last 12 at-bats. He's also been chasing a lot of pitches outside of the strike zone and has only one walk since Sept. 9. At .281, his batting average is the lowest it has been since Aug. 6.  

J.P. Crawford, who has looked smooth at third base, shifts to second base to accommodate the change. Maikel Franco slots back in at third.

Mackanin's final change is swapping catcher Jorge Alfaro for Cameron Rupp. With the Phillies getting an extended look at Alfaro, Rupp's playing time has recently decreased. This is his first start since Sept. 17 against Oakland.

In his second start for the Phillies, Henderson Alvarez won't have to do much to better Ben Lively's outing Friday night. Lively conceded six hits and five runs before recording an out. Alvarez's start Sunday, when he allowed four runs in five innings, was his first major league game in the past 28 months. An All-Star in 2014, Alvarez's career was derailed by injuries. 

Below is Saturday's lineup:

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5. Aaron Altherr, LF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. J.P. Crawford, 2B
8. Cameron Rupp, C
9. Henderson Alvarez, P

And the Braves' lineup:

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Ozzie Albies, 2B
3. Nick Markakis, RF
4. Tyler Flowers, C
5. Matt Adams, 1B
6. Dansby Swanson, SS
7. Rio Ruiz, 3B
8. Jace Peterson, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P