For whatever reason, it appears the Phillies can’t beat the Texas Rangers. They lost both games this week against Texas, finishing the season series 0-4. Philadelphia couldn’t muster hardly any offense, as they scored just 7 runs in those four games with the previous two coming in the beginning of May. However, the Phillies did take the near mandatory four of five in Washington, albeit in a rather roundabout way.
Harper missed three games with an infected blister, but nevertheless he’s still riding a seven-game hitting streak that dates back to June 13th. The reigning MVP is hitting .429 over that span with an OPS of 1.095 that includes an absurd .571 OBP. Harper has seen his walk rate begin to jump, as he’s walked 11 times in 16 games in June after walking just 19 times in April and May combined. Pitchers are starting to notice his aggressiveness on the first pitch this season and are working around him.
Schwarber is one of the few non-Harper players to be producing over the last week. He has three home runs in the last seven games with five RBIs and an OPS of 1.060. His power has really come alive in June, as he owns a .667 slugging percentage with 13 extra base hits with 8 home runs. Schwarber, Hoskins, and Harper have been a deadly 1-2-3 in the month of June, and much of that is due to Schwarber’s ability to set the table in the leadoff spot.
Nola turned in another excellent start against the Nationals in a month full of excellent starts. The right hander went eight shutout innings while allowing just four hits and one walk with 8 strikeouts. Nola has allowed a total of two runs in 23 IP in three starts in June following his start on June 1st where he allowed 5 ER in 6 IP. In those three starts, he has a total of one walk and 20 strikeouts and has finished at least seven innings in all three.
Vierling hasn’t played a ton in June, but he’s made the most of his opportunities. He’s hitting .294 overall in 35 plate appearances across 11 games. Vierling also has three home runs, including a two-homer game against the Nationals in which the second one gave the Phillies the lead in the ninth inning.
Muñoz probably isn’t long for the Major League roster once the Phillies’ infield depth gets healthy. He also only has three hits in six games. But two of those hits have been home runs. The latter of which came at a crucial point for the Phillies, as it broke a scoreless game in the seventh inning of Nola’s start in Washington. Muñoz is swinging for the fences on every pitch in his limited time, but it’s worked twice so far.
The Phillies really need Castellanos to get going. Over the last week, the big-ticket free agent is hitting .179 with a .544 OPS. Castellanos is hitting just .203 with a .525 OPS in the month of June overall. He looks lost at the plate, as he’s flailing away at pitches not even close to the strike zone. Castellanos has been especially vulnerable to pitches low and away, offspeed pitches in particular. He has a .205 AVG (.225 xBA) against offspeed pitches with a swing and miss rate of 39.5%. This is all notwithstanding his poor defense in right field.
Realmuto and Castellanos as the 4 and 5 hitters are rally killers right now for the Phillies. Over his last seven, Realmuto is hitting .217 with an OPS of .574. His season numbers are now down to a .240 AVG and a .666 OPS. He’s hitting .207 with a .541 OPS in 31 games hitting fifth this season. Realmuto has been a near-zero in a major run producing spot in the order. In fact, he’s hit into four double plays with runners on base this season while hitting .215 with a .613 OPS and 22 strikeouts.
Stott has cooled off immensely since his hot start to the month of June. He’s 1 for his last 28 at the plate with 7 strikeouts. He’s pulling off the ball and either making soft contact on pop-ups or rolling over into groundouts. Despite his good start to June, Stott has still yet to prove in his rookie season that he can hit MLB pitching on a consistent basis.
Herrera is 1 for his last 24 at-bats with three strikeouts over the last week. He’s not getting on base at all over that span, with just one total walk for an OBP of .080. His offense has cratered overall in June, as he’s hitting .188 with a .563 OPS in 16 games. Since the end of April, Herrera is hitting .213 with a .592 OPS across 129 plate appearances. It’s abundantly obvious again that the Phillies will need to search for a center field upgrade at the trade deadline.
Hitting with Runners in Scoring Position
The Phillies as a team went a collective 0-12 with RISP in the two games in Texas this week with 4 strikeouts and a double play. To say the order outside of the top three are struggling is an understatement.
Another 4 earned runs in just 1.1 IP in a game that was 3-0 when he entered. Familia’s season ERA is now 5.55 with a WHIP of 1.77, third worst in the Majors among relievers with at least 20 IP. He now has a 4.27 ERA and 1.477 WHIP in 242.1 IP across 253 games since 2018. Those are both the worst marks among 11 MLB relievers with at least 250 appearances over that same span. The Phillies need to accept the mistake and designate Familia for assignment.