A Sprint To The Finish: Game 33

Is Bryce Harper psychic? Can he also predict the weather? Can he also predict the Phillies winning nine out of ten games? Only one way to find out! Let’s dive in and discuss!

This offense over the last ten games has been on fire. They have been doing so with their MVP candidates Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto in slumps. The pair has gone 12-74, with six RBI’s, fifteen walks, and twenty-eight strikeouts during the recent stretch of games. They are averaging .162 during the last ten games. Even with the slump of our two best players, they have gone 9-1 and averaged 5.3 runs per game. This offense can flat out score, and It’s doesn’t matter who’s driving them in.

Then there’s Roman Quinn. Roman has not had a good stretch of games. Yes, I know he had that stellar thrown to win the game against Atlanta, but other than that, there hasn’t been much else. Over the last ten games, he’s been 5-26, with one RBI and two walks. Not to mention his poor fielding allowed a two-run inside the park home run. Roman is not a smart baseball player. From his inability to track fly balls, trying to homer every bat or his abysmal bunting. How bad is he at bunting? Bryce Harper has reached base more while bunting than Roman Quinn, with a total of seven to six. He is the fastest player on this team and doesn’t use his skillset as he should. At this point, I sit down Quinn for a few games and give Haseley a shot.

Let’s move onto the good stuff! Didi Gregorius continues to be a guy I love to watch. I can only hope he is back in a Phillies uniform next season. He went 2-3 on the day with an RBI double and a walk. It would’ve been three if not for a called error in the outfield. Speaking guys, we enjoy watching, how bout Rhys Hoskins? The kid is on fire, and you have to wonder when he’ll fizzle. He had himself another good game as he went 1-4 with a solo home run and a walk. Over the last twenty-one games, he’s averaging .321, with seven home runs, eighteen RBI’s, fourteen walks, and one stolen base. Long live Rhys Lightning!

Speaking of hot streaks, Clutch also had a great day! He had one appearance at the plate and tied the game up. In his last twenty-two games, he’s averaging .321, with five home runs, twenty-two RBI’s, five walks, and three stolen bases. With Harper and Realmuto in a slump, you needed these two to step it up, and they have in spades. They haven’t been the only ones to step up their games. Alec Bohm continues to be a big-time player in big-time moments! With the game on the line, the kid delivered! He went 3-4, along with a game-winning sacrifice fly! Since being called up to the majors, he’s batting .315 with two home runs, ten RBI’s, and seven walks. In this lineup, everybody hits, and I love to see it!

Eflin continues his successful stretch of games! Now while it might say he gave up four runs, but they aren’t all on him. If not for a Roman Quinn fielding error, he would have been in better shape. He went six innings, allowed four runs, seven hits, and had five strikeouts. Over the last three games, he’s had allowed eight runs, seventeen hits, nineteen strikeouts, and three walks. He also has a 2-0 record to go along with his 3.93 ERA. A more consistent Eflin means a more dangerous rotation for this team. That is something that can only help us in the long run!

The Bullpen had a clutch day! In 2.6 innings of work, they allowed only one run, three hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts. Most of the damage came from Phelps’s lone inning. You got some clutch innings from Parker and Neris. Parker has a 3-0 record through eight games and has a 0.0 ERA. Neris has had a nice stretch as well, allowing only four hits through 4.2 innings of work, along with a 0.0 Era. Tommy Hunter continues his success as well. He’s allowed only three hits through 6.1 innings of work. The pen has had a tremendous three-game stretch. In 5.7 innings of work, they’ve allowed one run, six hits, four walks, and had nine strikeouts. Along with that, they have had a 1.58 ERA. We can only hope the pen can find consistency as The Sprint To The Finish rages on!

Author: peteyoungjr

Life long Philly sports fan.

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