- He is second in the league with 38 extra-base hits.
- He is hitting .419 (13 for 31) with seven homers and 20 RBIs in his last eight games.
- He is second in the National League with 52 RBIs, runs with 48 and slugging percentage at .680.
- He is fourth in the league in OPS at 1.083.
- He is 11th in the league in hitting at .320 and doubles with 16.
"I didn't envision him being able to get up around 30," assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. "As he matured and developed more strength in his hands and forearms, he generated more bat speed. That was the element we were light on."Charlie Manuel, one of the game's most notable hitting gurus, gets as giddy as a schoolgirl when talking about Utley's smooth, compact and pure swing. After last night's game he talked about the alacrity in which line drives rocket off his second-baseman's bat and how those liners seem to be just high enough to find the seats beyond the right-field fence. “He’s hitting line drives high. He’s hitting it hard and they’re high enough to go out,” Manuel said, noting that statistics like batting average and home runs usually have a way of evening out in the end, as well as his theory that “a home run is nothing more than a well-hit fly ball that lands on the other side of the fence.” So what about those "well-hit fly balls?" How does wiry and sinewy Chase Utley rip all those homers? Maybe it's the ballpark? According to the great Hit Tracker web site, Utley is tied for the Major League lead for "Lucky Homers" with Alfonso Soriano, and is third in the Majors in "Just Enough" blasts. Based on the way the good folks at Hit Tracker crunch the numbers and figure in all the variables, Utley probably should have just a maximum of 16 homers. Sixteen home runs on June 2 is a total that would be second in the National League and certainly nothing to sneeze at. But perhaps a bigger factor is that 16 of Utley's 21 homers have come in Citizens Bank Park, though two of his "Just Enough" homers have come on the road in Cincinnati and Milwaukee. Still, Manuel probably says it best: "If we didn’t have Chase Utley we wouldn’t be where we’re at," Manuel said.