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.
Another Week, another incredible set of games from Harper. He’s hitting .450 with a 1.560 OPS over the last seven days. He has 16 home runs in 41 games since the start of August and six in the last two weeks. It’s truly a testament to how hot Harper has been in the second half that he is a contender for N.L. MVP despite not making the All-Star Game.
It has been a disappointing season for Realmuto, but he appears to be heating up at a time the Phillies need him the most. In 12 games in September, Realmuto is hitting .289 with a .769 OPS. He was a big factor in the win on Wednesday, going 3-4 with a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Phillies need Realmuto to be their second best hitter down the stretch, especially without Rhys Hoskins to protect Bryce Harper.
Suarez has been the Phillies most reliable starter since entering the rotation on August 2nd. Since then, his 1.85 ERA is a full two runs better than the next closest in Zack Wheeler’s 3.88. Suarez’ innings are second to Wheeler’s over that span among Phillies starters. The lefty turned in another strong start Wednesday, going 6 innings and allowing two runs on six hits with 8 strikeouts.
The Philadelphia Eagles
They looked fantastic in their opening game and give you something else to do rather than watch this dreck we call a baseball team.
For the second year in a row, the Phillies had the end to their postseason drought gifted to them on a silver platter. And it’s looking like for the second straight year they are gonna send it back to the kitchen. A golden opportunity presented itself with back to back series against the Rockies and Cubs at home to make up ground over the scuffling Braves. But as they always do the last few years, the Phillies looked absolutely lifeless and are on their way to going 2-5 in those seven games.
In 21 games since being named the de-facto starting third baseman when Alec Bohm was demoted, Torreyes is hitting .180 with a .436 OPS. Torreyes is a classic case of a utility player playing like, well, a utility player. He was great with limited playing time but was easily exposed once his starts increased.
Most observers thought it couldn’t get any worse than 2020. Well, the ERA is better, but the blown saves are just the same. In fact, they’re worse, as the Phillies have set a new franchise record with 32 blown saves. They are just two more away from tying the Major League record set by the Rockies in 2004. As an added bonus, there’s a bullpen game every fifth day because there is no one capable of being a MLB level fifth starter currently in the organization.
Gibson is currently suffering some major regression to the mean. In his first six starts with the Phillies, Gibson had a 3.16 ERA and had allowed just two home runs. In his last three, he has a 9.00 ERA and has allowed three long balls. Gibson’s total ERA with the Phillies is now at 4.85 though nine starts. He hasn’t thrown a quality start since August 28th, which was also the last time he threw at least six innings in a start.
Kennedy allowed five total home runs in 32 appearances with Texas this year and pitched to a 2.51 ERA. In 16 games with the Phillies, Kennedy has allowed seven home runs in just 15.2 IP and has a 6.32 ERA. He joins the elite company of Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree as mid-season trade acquisition relievers who pitched drastically worse in a Phillies uniform.
40 Man Roster Construction
Enyel De Los Santos isn’t very good, but he’s at least 25-years old and could serve as some form of pitching depth. Was designating him for assignment and losing him to Pittsburgh worth three weeks of Matt Joyce tripping over first base? Joyce, Odubel Herrera, Mickey Moniak, Travis Jankowski, and Matt Vierling all serve similar purposes. Why are they all currently on the active roster? Is Vince Velasquez really that much worse than a bullpen game every fifth day?