Rhys Hoskins, Jean Segura carrying the Phillies ahead of a rough June slate
The Phillies ended the month of May in embarrassing fashion yesterday with an 11-1 loss to the abysmal Cincinnati Reds.
Bryce Harper and JT Realmuto played a combined 28 games in the month of May. Missing Harper and Realmuto was evident as the Phillies went 12-16 in the month of May. They fell from a game up in the division to third place in the division and five games back of the New York Mets sitting in first place.
On May 7th, the Phillies were on a season-best five game winning streak. Since then, they are 7-14 and have lost nine of their last 12 games. They are now a season worst four games under .500 with a record of 25-29.
The Phillies have scored just 13 runs in the last six games. There’s plenty of blame to go around. One person that cannot be blamed however, is Rhys Hoskins.
Hoskins played in all 28 games during the timeframe in which Harper and Realmuto combined for a total of 28 games played. He hit .302 with a .398 on base percentage. Hoskins had five doubles, three home runs, and 17 RBIs during that span.
Hoskins raised his batting average from .231 to .256 in May. His on-base percentage went from .273 to .336. On the season, Hoskins leads the Phillies with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs.
“There’s probably some times where it’s obvious that we’re frustrated, right? Nobody likes to go through stretches like this. But that’s kind of part of a long season. We’ve got to find a way to pick each other up and weather the storm.”Rhys Hoskins after 11-1 loss to the Reds on Memorial Day
The Phillies now enter a stretch in June in which they will play 14 games within the NL East and head West for a six-game road trip to face both the Dodgers and the Giants. San Francisco and Los Angeles are a combined 27 games over .500.
The month of June can very well make or break the Phillies season before we reach the month of July.
Jean Segura has been the other Phillies’ player that played well during the month of May. Segura hit .310 with two home runs, seven RBIs and a .370 on-base percentage. If the Phillies want to emerge from their current skid and make a splash in June, they will certainly need more production outside of Hoskins and Segura.
JT Realmuto is back from the injured list and shaking off some rust. Harper and Gregorius remain sidelined. Harper (forearm contusion) will be eligible to return on Wednesday but it’s more likely that he returns Friday when the Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park. Gregorius is hurt with swelling in his right elbow and does not appear to be as close as Harper.
Mandatory Credit: The Philadelphia Inquirer