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.
To the surprise of almost no one, Segura has continued to hit after being reinstated from the injured list on June 29th, Segura is hitting .321 in seven games. He’s been even better once the calendar switched to July, hitting .381 in 5 games so far including a 4-6 night in Chicago. Segura’s two injured list stints are the only reason he is not on the All-Star team, however he could be added as a replacement. His .330 average is fourth best in the Majors among hitters with at least 230 plate appearances, which is just short of qualifying for the batting title at this point.
Zack Wheeler and J.T. Realmuto are officially the Phillies All-Star representatives. It is the first time the Phillies have had more than the mandated one representative since 2013. That year they sent Cliff Lee and Domonic Brown to Citi Field for the All-Star Game.
The Phillies scored double digit runs in back to back games in Chicago, which is just the first time they’ve done so this season and just the sixth and seventh time all season. They’ve scored 10+ runs in 27 games dating back to 2019. For comparison, the Houston Astros had 27 such games in 2019 alone.
The young reliever is starting to find a groove again, as he has been charged with just 4 total earned runs and a 3.00 ERA dating back to the beginning of June in 12 total innings pitched in 13 appearances. Over that span, opponents are hitting .167 off Brogdon with a .525 OPS. Brogdon continuing to gain confidence would be huge for the Phillies bullpen in 2021 and beyond.
Hoskins has 4 home runs and 10 RBIs in his last seven games. After struggling to the tune of a .135 AVG and .602 OPS in June, Hoskins is starting July with one of his patented hot streaks.
He may have been named to the All-Star game, but even Realmuto himself has admitted it has come during one of the worst slumps of his career. He is hitting just .182 over his last 15 games with 14 strikeouts to five walks. This is after Realmuto hit just .229 with a .692 OPS in the month of June. Defensively, he has caught just 5 of 23 total base stealers, good for 22% which would be the second lowest percentage of his career and lowest since his rookie year.
Herrera has been an almost automatic out of late, as he is 8 for his last 56 with 12 strikeouts to no walks. In fact, his last walk came on June 14. Herrera is killing the Phillies in the lead-off role, as he has the third worst OPS+ among lead-off hitters with at least 130 plate appearances. He seems to now be ceding some playing time to Travis Jankowski and Luke Williams.
After showing some signs of life in a strong June, Bohm is struggling again to start July. He’s hitting just .176 in June and .190 dating back to June 29th. It is still very early in July so perhaps Bohm will re-discover what he found in June, but his start has not been encouraging.
Girardi’s management of the pitching staff has been downright maddening, as he and the Phillies have elected to keep Matt Moore in the rotation at the expense of Bailey Falter and perhaps Ranger Suarez. Then, Girardi opted to use Falter as a one inning reliever against the Padres on July 3rd. In his next appearance on July 6th, Falter allowed five runs on six hits in an inning and two thirds. For the sake of his own development as a player, Falter needs to be in the rotation. It should also be noted he has much more upside as a starter than Matt Moore.
The Phillies could sue the Cubs for trademark violation. Chicago plays horrific defense, has a terrible bullpen, and a manager who can’t seem to find the answers. They are currently on an 11 game losing streak and are steamrolling towards being open for business at the trade deadline. At least the Phillies have the underperforming N.L. East to hold on to. The Cubs sit 9 games back of the N.L. Central and are fading at a rapid pace.