Baseball season is long. It’s a season full of peaks and valleys, hot streaks and cold streaks. Who’s hitting, who’s slumping, who deserves more playing time, who needs to sit. All of these and more are common questions during the slog of a 162 game season. Here we’ll quickly break down some storylines and player performances to get a better picture of what is happening with the Phillies on a weekly basis.
Suarez has been a boon this season after a lost 2020. In 17 ⅓ innings across 10 appearances, Suarez has yet to allow an earned run and has been charged with just one run overall. He has 15 strikeouts to just four walks and six hits. Suarez has been excellent coming on in relief of Spencer Howard in piggyback situations, effectively giving the Phillies a solid fifth starter.
McCutchen has yet again caught fire after a tailspin. The 34-year-old is hitting an even .400 in his last seven games with three home runs. Much of McCutchen’s success has come after being removed from the lead-off spot. He is hitting .392 in 28 at bats batting either sixth or fifth in the order.
Segura has consistently hit all season long and this last week was no different. He’s hitting .360 over his last seven games and .340 over his last 15. However, the most impressive thing is he’s now starting to walk more. He has 5 walks to 3 strikeouts in the last week and an even 7 and 7 over his last 15. His season OBP is now up to .379 which would be a career high. It would be the 20th best in baseball if Segura had enough plate appearances to qualify.
Realmuto has had a very quiet but strong season at the plate. His average is up to .294 with an OPS of .910. That average is good for third among MLB catchers with at least 150 plate appearances and the OPS is second. Realmuto is also second in WAR at 2.1. Three of his six season home runs have come in the last 15 games, with two in the last week.
Brogdon’s last appearance did not do wonders for his elevated season ERA. He entered the game on Tuesday and recorded just one out and allowed 3 runs, one unearned, with a walk and a home run. In 17 appearances since he allowed two three-run home runs in an inning on April 20th, Brogdon has a 4.02 ERA. He did not allow a run in six games before that date. Brogdon has had stretches of good games that end with one really bad outing that balloons his ERA, like Tuesday night.
The Hoskins pendulum has swung back to cold, as he is now 6 for his last 30 with 8 strikeouts to one walk. This includes his 0-5 on Tuesday where he stranded eight men on base. Hoskins has been one of the Phillies best hitters this season, especially when they were without Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto. But as anyone who has followed his career knows, it was only a matter of time before he cooled off again.
Nola has continued to struggle with a 5.02 ERA over his last seven starts. He has walked 12 and allowed 43 hits across just 37 ⅔ innings over that span. The most puzzling piece of Nola’s struggles has been his difficulty putting hitters away with two outs in the inning. Seven of his ten home runs allowed have come when there are two outs. The opposition has an .835 OPS against him with two outs with 12 of his 17 walks also coming with two outs.
I don’t think I need to explain.