MLB Winter Meetings: Phillies content without making a splash, Rob Thomson didn’t watch the World Series, and MLB Rule 5 Draft update
MLB Winter Meetings are underway in Nashville, Tennessee and I have a few updates for…
As the Phillies and Astros are set to kick off the World Series tomorrow night at 8 PM, Major League Baseball has announced the finalists for the 2022 Silver Slugger Award.
Bryce Harper’s name was listed, but due to his injury keeping him under the minimum amount of games required, he is not eligible to win the award. Harper, even after missing three months, still had a fascinating regular season up until that point. Bryce hit .286/.364/.514 in 99 games, crushing 18 HRs, 65 RBIs, 28 doubles, and an OPS of .877.
Without injury, Harper would have been going for back-to-back Silver Slugger wins after taking the award home representing right-field for the National League in 2021.
Kyle Schwarber was a no-doubt nominee, leading the entire National League in HRs with 46, and trailed just Aaron Judge in the entire MLB. He finished his season with a .504 slugging percentage while recording 126 hits as the Phillies’ leadoff man. Schwarber has cracked 3 HRs and 6 RBIs so far in the playoffs.
JT Realmuto got off to a slow start but had one of the best turnarounds I’ve ever seen a Phillie have. Realmuto finished his 2022 season with a slash line of .276/.342/.478, totaling 22 HRs, 84 RBIs, five triples, 139 hits, and an OPS of .820. July was Realmuto’s standout month, hitting .358/.423/.642 over 67 ABs.
If these three guys keep hitting like they’ve been hitting all season, there’s no reason the Phillies can’t upset the Astros and bring home the World Series trophy for the first time since 2008.