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.
Falter has been a pleasant surprise since being called up from Triple A. In 13 innings spread across five appearances, the young lefty has a 2.77 ERA and 15 strikeouts to just one walk. He has excelled being used as a long man out of the bullpen, so much so that he should be given a chance in the normal rotation. However, it seems Matt Moore is getting the chance to be the fifth starter despite having a 5.79 ERA.
After one of the worst starts of his career, Nola rebounded in a huge way. He threw 5 ⅓ shutout innings in New York in game one of a double header, tying Hall of Famer Tom Seaver’s record of 10 consecutive strikeouts along the way. In total, he struck out 12 and walked just one and allowed only two hits. Additionally, he had two of the Phillies three hits and drove in their only run. Unfortunately, he did not register a win as the Phillies bullpen blew the lead.
Along with Nola, the rotation as a whole rebounded after an awful week of performances previously. The last time through, Nola, Zack Wheeler, Zach Eflin, and Vince Velasquez combined for 30 ⅓ innings with one run, 16 hits, five walks, and 33 strikeouts.
McCutchen turned in another strong week in a very good month of June. He hit .333 with a .935 OPS his last seven games. The 34-year-old also has six RBIs over that span. In June, McCutchen is hitting .310 with a 1.040 OPS with six of his 13 home runs.
Bohm, much like McCutchen, is finishing a strong month with another solid week of hitting. He’s hitting .304 with 4 RBIs in his last seven. For June, Bohm is hitting .329 with 11 RBIs. However, his slugging percentage of just .382 in the month still needs improvement.
This is the major reason why the Phillies aren’t nipping on the heels of the Mets for first place in the N.L. East. The Phillies bullpen has seemingly reverted to its all-time bad 2020 self with an 8.72 ERA over the last week. They have seven blown saves in just six games. The bullpen turned in a pitiful performance in Cincinnati as well, allowing 10 runs in just two innings, turning what looked to be a 4-2 win into a 12-4 embarrassment. As good as their rotation has been the last week, that’s how bad their bullpen has been, if not even worse than that.
It may seem unfair to single out Neris when the entire bullpen has been bad in recent games, but Neris has been among the worst and has seemingly lost his closer job. Neris has an 8.10 ERA in 8 appearances in June. he has allowed two home runs and five walks to nine strikeouts in June. His walk rate continues to climb, now at 15.3% in June and 10.3% overall.
Hoskins was able to break an 0-18 slump with a home run on Tuesday against Miami, but he is still hitting just ,138 with a .593 OPS in the month of June. His defensive mistakes have played large parts in recent bullpen meltdowns. His postgame comments on focusing on the positives have drawn some ire from a fanbase that sees its team fading fast.
Herrera is now 5 for his last 26 with an 0-17 mixed in as well. He has an OBP of just .277 in June, with 17 strikeouts to just three walks. Herrera is hitting .245 in June after hitting .292 in May
A walk, hit by pitch, and a grand slam surrendered in his Phillies debut playing in his first MLB game since 2017. He’s officially been initiated to the Phillies bullpen.