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.
Segura has snapped out of his mid-August slump to the tune of a .333 average over his last seven games. He has two home runs over that span and four RBIs. Segura also collected his fourth walk-off hit of the season with a single in the 11th inning on Friday against the Diamondbacks.
Harper has also snapped out of his brief dip, as he’s hitting a ridiculous .519 with a 1.650 OPS over the last week. He finished the month of August hitting .337 with a 1.231 OPS and 210 wRC+. Harper’s OPS in August was second best in all of baseball and his 10 home runs were third. His season line is once again over .300/.400/.500, sitting at .306/.420/.594.
Hammer has flown under the radar but has been very effective out of the bullpen in 2021. The young right hander has a 1.65 ERA across 16.1 innings in 14 appearances on the season. Hammer posted a 2.19 ERA in 10 appearances in August with a 13/4 K-BB ratio in 12.1 innings.
The Number 7
The Phillies offense has scored at least seven runs in six straight games for the first time since 1933, when they scored seven in seven consecutive games. In those six games, they are 5-1 with five wins in a row and trimmed their deficit in the division back to 2.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves.
Wheeler’s league-leading 182.2 innings are starting to catch up to him, as he has a 4.50 ERA in nine starts in the second half of the season. The usually dependable starter hasn’t thrown a quality start since his complete game shutout on August 8th. Wheeler allowed 4 or more runs five times in August. He allowed 4 or more runs in just four other starts all season prior to August.
Girardi is partially responsible for the second half drop-off from Wheeler, as he has ridden the starter hard recently, sometimes unnecessarily. The best example is Wheeler’s start on August 26th against the Rays. Wheeler struggled throughout the game and clearly did not have his best stuff, allowing four runs through seven innings. Girardi sent Wheeler back out for the eighth in a tie ballgame, where he promptly allowed two straight hits before a back-breaking three run home run. There was simply no reason why Wheeler was sent back out for the eighth, especially two days after an off-day with a rested bullpen.
Moore has cratered since his six no hit innings on August 14th. In three starts since then, Moore has allowed 11 earned runs in just 11.2 innings with 11 walks and three home runs. He is once again showing that he cannot be counted on for productive starts on any consistent basis. The Phillies should consider letting Bailey Falter take Moore’s next turn in the rotation.
Galvis’ return to Philadelphia has not started off well, as he is hitting .167 with a .417 OPS in seven games since being activated off the injured list. He has totaled five RBIs over that span though, including a three RBI game on August 29th. It was Galvis’ first game with three RBIs or more since August 26th, 2019 with the Reds.