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.
Harper is slowly starting to find his power stroke. He has two home runs in the last week after hitting just one in June prior. However, he has yet to hit a home run with men on base, as all ten have been solo shots. Regardless, he now has a .993 OPS in his last seven games.
Jankowski is suddenly 7-15 on the season and went 3-4 on Wednesday. He hit his first home run since 2018, a three run shot in the second inning, and was a triple away from the cycle.
Bohm’s strong June continues, as he’s now hitting .371 with an OPS of .810 after a 4-5 day on Wednesday. In fact, Bohm already has more hits in June (23) than he did in all of May (20).
The surprising utility man continues to log clutch hits. He has 14 RBI in just 29 games played and is hitting .270 for the season. For a player many believed shouldn’t be on the roster, Torreyes has been exactly what the Phillies have needed and more with their injury problems in the infield.
Girardi embarrassed himself in multiple ways in the two game series with the Nats. First he made a fool of himself by having Max Scherzer be checked for illegal substances for the third time and then appearing to challenge Scherzer to a fight. Then, the next day, he brought David Hale into a game with the bases loaded to face Trea Turner, Juan Soto, and Josh Bell. He promptly gave up six runs including a grand slam. This is not the first time Girardi has used Hale in such a situation, although he seems to be the only one surprised by the outcome.
Miller is 0 for his last 18 and just 2-29 in June overall. He has 17 strikeouts in June and 10 strikeouts during his current hitless streak. Miller also made two misplays at second base against the Nationals by failing to drop a tag on a steal attempt and dropping a pop-up hit to center. He should be giving way to Luke Williams (hitting .364 in June) at second until Jean Segura is healthy.
For the sake of keeping this short we’ll just lump in the entire pitching staff together. The Phillies staff as a whole has a 7.20 ERA since shutting out the Dodgers last Wednesday. Their starters have made it through the fifth inning once in that span, and that one was Zach Eflin who allowed six runs. Their bullpen blew leads of 5-0, 9-5, and 12-11 in one game. It has been a collective mess for almost every pitcher in the last week. Much of the damage is self inflicted, as the Phillies pitchers have allowed 25 walks in their last six games.
Chances at the division
As of this writing, the Phillies are 4.5 out of first place with the Mets still to play. They started a crucial week by dropping both games to the Nationals, each in a different embarrassing fashion. Washington is now 9-1 in their last 10 games. The Phillies now will play host to the Mets for four games in three days over the weekend. They cannot afford to continue playing like they did against Washington against the Mets, or they could find themselves 8 games back and in fourth place or worse.
The mid-season crackdown on sticky substances is a joke and the league office is to blame for the door being opened for managers to attempt idiotic forms of gamesmanship.