Heat Check: Alec Bohm and JT Realmuto are RED HOT as the Phillies close out July in Pittsburgh
The Phillies have been EVERYTHING but consistent at the plate this season. We have witnessed both Kyle Schwarber and Rhys Hoskins hot-streaks to help the Phillies stay afloat during the Harper-less era and most recently, Alec Bohm and JT Realmuto have answered the call as the Fightins get ready to roll into the August stretch of the 2022 regular season.
To say the least, the start of the 2022 was pretty rough for Alec Bohm. After a bad 2021 MLB season where he found himself back in the minors, Bohm was floated around in trade talks at the beginning of Spring Training. From there, we all remember the now infamous three-error inning that ended with Bohm saying how much he hated the city of Philadelphia.
Fast forward two months, Alec Bohm is currently having one of the best months I’ve ever seen by a Phillies player over the past decade. The 25-year-old is slashing .439/.468/.632 in 12 games in July, with 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 3 doubles, and 25 hits. His hot month of July has now elevated him to .293/.326/.403 on the year, holding the best batting average on the team. Alec Bohm has 30 multi-hit games this season, which leads the team, and also holds 6 HRs, 39 RBIs, and 15 doubles total on the season.
It’s no secret that Bohm’s defense isn’t top-notch, but the current heat check on his bat tops anything else he does on the field. He’s currently on a 12-game hitting streak and is the most consistent hitter in a terribly inconsistent Phillies lineup.
Don’t be surprised if you see Alec Bohm up in the 2-hole soon.
It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster for JT Realmuto in 2022, but as of late, Realmuto has thrived when the Phillies desperately needed someone to step up in the middle of the lineup.
The Phillies catcher had a tough start to his season, hitting .229 and .225 in May and June. His swing looked lost, he had just 5 home runs in 3 months, and the Phillies were going to need a complete flip once Bryce Harper got hurt if this team wanted any chance.
And what do you know, that’s exactly what JT Realmuto did after missing two games in Toronto before the All-Star break.
JT Realmuto is hitting .429/.500/.750 over the last 15 days (28 ABs), with 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, 12 hits, and 3 doubles. Realmuto is slashing .339/.391/.607 in July, with 4 HRs, 15 RBIs, and an OPS of .998. There were a lot of doubts regarding JT Realmuto, from me included, but he has been on an absolute tear since the loss of Bryce Harper.
Stay on the lookout for Drew Smith. If Realmuto continues to rake, you’ll hear from him on Twitter.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies sit at 51-47 on the season, just a half-game back of the Cardinals after a huge series win vs the Braves. They travel the turnpike up to PNC Park this weekend to take on the Pirates in a four-game series. The Pirates are 18 games under .500 on the year and trail the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central by 14.5 games.