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 on to get a better picture of what is happening with the Phillies on a weekly basis.
The 26-year-old Brogdon is emerging as a real weapon in the Phillies bullpen. So far in 2021, Brogdon has yet to allow a run across 5 appearances with 5 ⅔ innings pitched. He has six strikeouts and is 3-0. In fact, Brogdon has not allowed a run in his last 11 outings dating back to September of last year. He has allowed just four hits and has a 20/4 strikeout to walk ratio over that span.
Hoskins has cooled a bit after a hot start, but he is still among the team leaders. He is tied for the team lead in home runs and leads in slugging and extra base hits. Hoskins’ 8 extra base hits are tied for fifth in all of baseball. The hits have slowed but he continues to see a high volume of pitches (4.7 per plate appearance) each time he comes up.
Harper started off slow but has begun to pick it up over the last week. In that span, Harper has an .899 OPS and two home runs. However, his 1-6 in the double header on Tuesday may have thrown a wrench into his brewing hot streak.
Alvarado has been electric out of the bullpen to start the year. The lefty routinely hits 100 MPH and has even reached 102 on his fastball while throwing nasty 94 MPH sliders to complement. His command isn’t always there (see: Opening Day) but when he is on, he is a weapon. He has 10 strikeouts in just 5 ⅔ innings pitched and has been charged with just one earned run.
He isn’t Roman Quinn or Adam Haseley.
Phillies center fielders
The Phillies opted to start the season with a platoon of Adam Haseley and Roman Quinn. It has been a disaster. The two are hitting a combined .091/.189/.091. For comparison, Phillies pitchers are hitting .100/.167/.120. It hasn’t just been the complete absence of offense either. Adam Haseley flat out missed a fly ball hit directly at him in Tuesday’s game that led to runs being scored. Roman Quinn slid past the bag at third and was tagged out stealing for the third out. These two are directly hindering the team and the Phillies can’t wait much longer to replace them.
Not striking out
The Phillies hitters have struck out 107 times in just 11 games so far. That is a 27.6 K%, good for sixth in the league. Yes, strikeouts are a big part of the game today across the board. But, you’re not going to win many games when you punch out in double digits. In fact, the Phillies have struck out 10 or more times in 7 of their 11 games played this season.
Middle Infield Defense
Didi Gregorious’ bat is very valuable to the Phillies offense. However, his glove has been a big problem this year, especially over the last week. Ditto for Jean Segura, except he isn’t hitting. The two have failed to make routine plays at an alarmingly high rate so far in the early season. The play against the Braves on Saturday when Jose Alvarado failed to record an out on a ball hit to the pitcher is partly the fault of Gregorious and Segura. Gregarious came in too far and started pointing to home while Segura failed to cover second. Didi’s three errors are also tied for third among all fielders.
Bohm was out but ruled safe because MLB and its umpires are too stubborn to reverse calls. Search your feelings, you know it to be true.