Edmundo Sosa has been the perfect bench option for the Phillies in the Hunt for Red October
The Phillies acquired utilityman Edmundo Sosa from the St. Louis Cardinals back on July 30th in exchange for LHP JoJo Romero.
At the time of the move, fans weren’t too happy. They weren’t fond of giving up JoJo Romero, who frankly was only popular because he crushed a Red Bull over his forearm. Romero was hurt a lot, and when he was on the mound for the Phillies, was never anything special.
Before coming to the Phillies, Sosa played just 53 games with St. Louis, slashing .189/.244/.270 with zero home runs and just 8 RBIs. He was undoubtedly a defense-first shortstop, and that’s what I, along with many others, thought the Phillies were getting.
Dave Dombrowski took a chance on Edmundo Sosa, a young, flashy infielder, and it worked out as one of Dave’s most notable moves of the 2022 season.
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Edmundo Sosa’s Spark in Philadelphia
Since arriving in Philadelphia, Edmundo Sosa has played 23 games in red pinstripes. He’s slashing .347/.377/.653 in 49 ABs, with 2 HRs, 13 RBIs, 9 runs scored, and 17 hits. Sosa has hit more RBIs in Philly (13 in 49 ABs) than he did in St. Louis this season (8 in 122 ABs).
Edmundo Sosa holds the highest OPS+ out of all hitters moved to a team that has been in the hunt for the playoffs since the trade deadline. Sosa plays with a fire under him that I haven’t seen from many backups ever, as you feel like he’s an everyday starter when he’s out there.
Sosa is slashing .375/.381/.725 over his last 15 games, with 15 hits, 8 runs scored, 2 HRs, and 12 RBIs. He’s hitting .500 over his last 20 ABs, logging 10 hits and seven runs scored over that time. He’s truly been remarkable with the Phillies.
While Sosa’s offense has torn up the Phillies bench, his defense has only taken a step forward. He’s made play after play for the Phillies, turning nasty double plays with Segura and Stott left and right. This tag the other night was truly one of the most remarkable things we’ve ever seen.
Chief Keef was right. These bitches truly do love Sosa.
The love for Sosa will only go up if the 26-year-old keeps showing this talent and heart off of the bench. He’s fit as the perfect middle-infield utilityman behind Bryson Stott and Jean Segura, and he’ll be an important piece off the bench during Red October.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies kick off a 3-game set with the Miami Marlins tonight.
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