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. 

Stock Up

Zack Wheeler

Wheeler turned in arguably the best start of his Phillies tenure on Sunday, throwing a two-hit, complete game shutout against the Mets. It was Wheeler’s 34th start with Philadelphia, on the day the Phillies retired number 34 in honor of Roy Halladay. Wheeler did his best Halladay impression, at one point retiring 22 consecutive batters, a feat not accomplished by a Phillies pitcher since Halladay’s perfect game in 2010. In seven starts against the Mets since joining the Phillies, Wheeler is 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA and 8 strikeouts per nine. This latest start finished a three game sweep of the Mets that vaulted the Phillies into first place in the N.L. East.

Rhys Hoskins

Hoskins was having a monster start to August until he landed on the injured list with a groin injury on Tuesday. In four games in August, Hoskins was hitting .357 with a 1.114 OPS with five RBIs. His big two out, two-run double capped off a late rally in Washington on Thursday by giving the Phillies the lead after J.T. Realmuto tied the game. But the Phillies will now be without him as they face a tough slate of games against the Dodgers and the Reds.

Jean Segura

The most consistent hitter for the Phillies has continued to be just that, with a .333 average over his last 15 games played. Segura has also had a bit of a power surge, with three of his eight home runs on the season coming in the last two weeks. His season average of .314 is currently 7th best in baseball and has not dipped below .300 since April 14th. Segura’s ten games with at least three hits is tied for 15th in baseball and four behind the leaders Yuli Guerriel and Michael Brantley. 

Hector Neris

Neris has not allowed a run over his last seven appearances. He has allowed just four hits in 9 ½ innings over that span with 10 strikeouts and five walks. Since allowing 6 ER on the Fourth of July, Neris has a 1.62 ERA in 14 games. Opponents are hitting just .155 against Neris since that meltdown and have struck out 19 times while walking just five.

Stock Down

Mauricio Llovera

Llover’s first five games in the Majors have not gone well. The reliever has allowed 5 ER on 7 hits in 5 ⅔ innings pitched, including three straight home runs on Saturday. Llovera became the second pitcher ever, followed by B.J. Rosenberg in 2014 also with the Phillies, to face three batters and allow home runs to all three. 

Having Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, and Rhys Hoskins all hot at once

This group is now together in their third season but rarely have they all been hitting at once. There was a small glimpse of it last week in Washington, when the trio hit a combined .347 with 14 RBIs and 4 home runs in a four game series. But the injury Hoskins suffered late in the game on Thursday dashed hopes of it continuing, at least for now.

The New York Mets

The Mets were in first place for the overwhelming majority of the season, but now find themselves in third, two games behind the Phillies and one behind the Atlanta Braves. New York has gone 2-8 over their last ten while the Phillies and Mets have gone 8-2 and 7-3 respectively. They had a chance to quell the tide against Philadelphia on the road but were swept out due to an anemic offense. Since the first of August, the Mets are hitting a collective .160 with 42 strikeouts in 8 games.