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.
Wheeler has done it all this season. His last start was another dominant performance with seven innings with one unearned run and 10 strikeouts. It was already his fourth start of the season where he went at least 7 innings and allowed one run or less. Wheeler’s 2.52 ERA is 12th best in the national league. But that’s not all! Wheeler also went 1-2 at the plate with a double. Said double was his second of the season, leading all pitchers. He is tied for third among all pitchers in hits with 4.
The league hasn’t quite figured Maton out yet, as he has continued to hit since being called up in April. Maton is hitting .348 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI in his last seven games. He figures to be in for much more playing time with Didi Gregorious heading to the injured list. Maton needs to walk more and strikeout less, as he currently sports a 25/2 ratio, but his consistent contact and base hits have been a godsend for an inconsistent Phillies lineup.
Hoskins has broken out of his early May swoon, as he is slashing .310/.410/.385 in his last 15 games. His clutch hitting against the Blue Jays in Dunedin secured a Phillies come-from-behind victory. Hoskins has yet to hit a home run since hitting two on April 24th, but the Phillies slugger has raised his season average 25 points since the start of May. Power numbers should return soon.
Knapp’s numbers may not appear impressive at first glance (.195 AVG, .518 OPS), but he has 9 RBIs in just 24 games played. In fact, Knapp is 6-13 with runners in scoring position on the season. The backup catcher has been extremely clutch for a team that struggles at times with runners on.
Torreyes’ pinch-hit bases-clearing double gave the Phillies the lead as a part of a seven run 8th inning against the Marlins. It was his first plate appearance since returning from the COVID IL and just his second hit of the season in six at-bats across four games.
Bryce Harper exited a game with shoulder stiffness and did not start the next game until he was entered into the game for an injured Scott Kingery. Harper could hardly swing or throw, but did not miss any more time. Kingery was placed on the concussion IL. Didi Gregorious was finally placed on the IL after missing a handful of games with what’s being called right elbow impingement. J.T. Realmuto exited Saturday’s game with an apparent hand injury and has not played since. The Phillies do not have the depth to sustain this number of injuries for long.
Despite solid season numbers, Nola has struggled to various extents in back-to-back outings. He surrendered five runs and two home runs in just four innings on May 9th and allowed three runs through two innings in saturday’s game. However, he was able to recover on Saturday to finish 6 ⅔ innings without allowing any more runs after the second. Nola has struggled with his command as of late, and opponents are hitting .284 against him through three May starts. In four road starts on the season, Nola has a 5.65 ERA as opposed to a 1.40 ERA at home in five starts.
Segura has cooled off mightily, as he is just 5 for his last 31 with 6 strikeouts. However, the biggest news surrounding the second baseman was the apparent altercation he got into with manager Joe Girardi in the dugout during Sunday’s 10-8 loss. Segura had to be held back and was seen shouting towards Girardi. Both parties claim all is well, despite Girardi refusing to comment after the game, but that is something that should not happen.
Anderson has a 6.96 ERA in 8 starts this season. He recorded just four outs while allowing seven runs on eight hits Sunday to the Blue Jays. Anderson’s days in the rotation appear to be numbered as he is lined up with Spencer Howard who has allowed one run in three starts at Lehigh Valley.
It cannot be overstated how bad the Phillies defense is. They rank 26th in defensive runs saved with -12. They are 15th in defensive WAR with 0.0. Their 22 errors are tied for the eighth most in baseball. The Phillies are consistently forcing their pitchers to get more outs and making their own lives harder by digging holes deeper with poor defense.