Hittin’ Season: Phillies offense is Top 2 in every major category heading into crucial homestand
The Phillies will finally return home to Citizens Bank Park tonight to face the San Diego Padres after winning two series in a row out west against the Mariners and Dodgers.
The Fightins are now 6-4 over their last 10 games, sitting in second place in the National League East with a 17-18 record, 5.5 games behind the New York Mets. The Phillies have played the fifth toughest schedule in the MLB, facing 23 teams that are currently in the playoff picture.
Phillies Offense – National League Rankings
- Runs Scored: 172 – 2nd
- Doubles: 63 – 1st
- Home Runs: 44 – 2nd
- Stolen Bases: 24 – 2nd
- Batting Average: .256 – 2nd
- Slugging Percentage: .431 – 1st
- BABAP: .305 – 2nd
- Average Exit Melo: 89.2 – 2nd
Yesterday, Bryce Harper was named National League Player of the Week after absolutely destroying the Mariners and Dodgers over a six-game span last week. Harper hit .609 (14-for-23) with three home runs, eight RBI, and a 1.904 OPS.
Harper is 17-for-36, batting .472 with five home runs, seven doubles, 12 RBI, and 11 runs scored over his last nine games. He has a major league-leading 24 extra-base hits on the season, five more than anyone else in the entire league.
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Looking at the Dodgers series alone, over the last three games, Harper has seven extra-base hits, most ever by a visiting player in a three-game stretch at Dodger stadium. On Saturday night, Harper continued his hot streak, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run, double, three RBI, and two runs scored.
Harper got off to a slow start to the 2022 season, hitting a miserable .138 over the first eight games of the season. Since then, things took a sharp turn for the better, with Harper hitting .353 with eight home runs, 22 RBI, and a wild 1.118 OPS over his last 26 games.
Bryce Harper National League Rankings
- HR – T-1st (9)
- 2B – T-1st (14)
- R – 1st (29)
- RBIs – T-2nd (27)
- SLG – 1st (.634)
- OPS – 2nd (.995)
- SB – T-3rd (6)
Bryce Harper MLB Rankings
- Extra-Base Hits (1st)
- Total Bases (1st)
- Runs Scored (1st)
- Doubles (T-1st)
The offensive explosion doesn’t end with Bryce Harper. Alec Bohm, Jean Segura, and Harper all rank in the Top 10 in the National League in batting average, with Bohm 4th (.315), Segura 7th (.309) and Harper now 10th (.305).
Over his last 32 at-bats, Rhys Hoskins is slashing .375/.394/.750 with 12 hits, four home runs, 10 RBI, and seven runs scored. Nick Castellanos is hitting .273 with five home runs and 21 RBI, while Kyle Schwarber has nine home runs and 21 RBI of his own.
That’s not including guys like JT Realmuto, Odubel Herrera, who have both been extremely productive at the plate. Even Bryson Stott and Johan Camargo both had 3-RBI nights in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Now back home, the Phillies will open up a three game series against the San Diego Padres tonight, looking to stay hot at the plate. They will face Mike Clevinger, Blake Snell, and Yu Darvish this series. Clevinger is back after undergoing Tommy John Surgery last season and hasn’t made it past the fifth inning in either of his two starts this season. Blake Snell is making his season debut this series and Yu Darvish has been anything but consistent boasting a 4.62 ERA this season.
The weather is beautiful and we are in fact in Hittin’ Season. The Phillies need to keep things rolling in South Philadelphia, starting tonight.