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3 Numbers to Remember: The Phillies cannot go on a run


Rhys Hoskins has struggled since the All-Star Break. (Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

After it looked like they were finally starting to go on a run, the Philadelphia Phillies fell short and dropped two of three to the San Diego Padres. With this past weekend’s series loss, they fall to 64-60 on the season and have lost four of their last five series. The Phillies are now two games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second Wild Card spot and nine games behind the Braves in the National League East.

Here are three numbers that highlight the Phillies’ bad performance in this series:

Zero: Rhys Hoskins hits in the series

This is beyond just a regular slump for Rhys Hoskins. He has always been a hot and cold hitter, but never this bad for this amount of time:

This is obviously quite alarming, but it isn’t something that can’t be fixed. Hoskins is still walking at a high rate and seeing a lot of pitches, but is not making the same quality contact that he had been earlier in the season:

The Phillies need Hoskins to revert back to his old self soon, as he’s becoming a black hole at the plate has dragged down an offense that needs all the help it can get.

Six: scoreless IP by San Diego bullpen on Saturday and Sunday

The story of the Phillies four-game winning streak last week was offense. They scored 30 runs during the stretch with 20 extra-base hits, dominating the opposing pitchers. This included Thursday night, when they had some late-game magic against the Cubs bullpen that led to a Bryce Harper walk-off grand slam.

After scoring eight runs in the first game of this series, however, the offense disappeared. Although the Phillies jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Saturday and a 1-0 lead on Sunday, their offense was unable to sustain the success they had during their last few games. After Zach Eflin and Nick Pivetta blew the lead in Saturday’s game, Padres starter Dinelson Lamet settled down before the trio of Matt Strahm, Andres Munoz and Kirby Yates shut down the Phillies offense in the last three innings and allowed just one baserunner. It was the same story, different day on Sunday when Craig Stammen along with Strahm, Munoz and Yates allowed one total baserunner in the last three innings to shut the Phillies down in the one-run game.

Phillies pitching has been suspect all season long. So when the Phillies get performances from their starters like they got from Jason Vargas on Sunday, they have to take advantage and score enough runs to win. The Padres bullpen didn’t allow that.

Zero: 5-game winning streaks on the season

Every time it looks like the Phillies are about to go on a run, they quickly lose one or two games and fall back into playing .500 baseball or worse. This trend continued this weekend, as a four-game winning streak and 3-0 lead in the fifth game was not enough for their first five-game streak on the season. If this continues, it would be the first time in nearly three decades that the Phillies had zero five-game winning streaks in a season:

The Phillies are one of several teams still in the mix for a Wild Card spot. But if they are going to beat out all of those teams, they have to go on a run of some kind rather than continuing to play .500 baseball.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Sudsman44

    August 19, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Gabriel’s Folly (working title)

    Don’t give a rip about FIP and WAR’s just a bore
    Earned runs and ribbie’s is how I keep score

    I don’t over shift I play em straight away
    Or slightly to pull its better that way
    Two fielders in right and maybe another
    If he hits it to third who’s gonna cover?

    Launch angle and exit velo mean nothing to me
    A squeeze or a gapper’s what I want to see
    We used to have rallies four hits in a row!
    Now its a walk and three Ks game over lets go

    The new science of hitting now don’t interrupt
    Swing for the fences, and don’t EVER choke up
    I miss the hit and run, a once useful ploy
    Going the other way I used to enjoy

    “Sacrifice? What?” The new breed will say
    Wait for the dinger if takes all day
    Runners immobile as if tethered to bags
    Remain motionless as if allergic to tags

    Run through the bag, use two hands
    Its all fundamentals
    Lost in the era of millionaire rentals

    Here comes Kapler, time for the next stiff
    Three hours and counting and its only the fifth
    A game with no clock its always been said
    Time for work, huh? I just went to bed!

    Analyze this and analyze that
    At the end of the day its a ball and a bat
    Numbers a plenty WHiP and BaBip
    Worthless stats are an iceberg and
    Thats just the tip

    A once beautiful game now a thing of the past
    Grab me a beer and the fucking pitcher hits last!

  2. Fleming Hill

    August 19, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    All these numbers some missing…
    0 days at AAA , future days at triple AAA.

    Why is Hoskins getting the same treatment as Franco?
    I cant not believe the double standards in this organization. I do remember seeing Franco play first base a time or two last year.

    Franco was third in homeruns when he was sent packing.

    Send Hoskins down, bring Bohm up and ruin him too…

    what a joke!

  3. Phanatic

    August 19, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    I think the answer to your query (or is it a frustration?) may be that the Phillies have seen more of Franco and know what they’re getting with him. Hoskins was just called up in August 2017 so has really only played one full season (2018). I liked Hoskins until around June of this year when I realized he and the rest of the team is a total joke. I noticed also that he went downhill after he got engaged. Any good GERMAN would know not to mix pleasure with business. He should have done what Jeter did and wait until after his career to get married. Not that I am comparing a totally average Hoskins to Derek Jeter but you get the point. Also, Klentak may be embarrassed that he traded Santana away to play Hoskins at first only to have to now send Hoskins down to AAA. I don’t know if anybody noticed but Santana was in the All-Star Game this year, and other than Editorial Director Tim Kelly’s ‘Special’ Affirmative Action J.T. Realmuto, not a single Phillies player made the All-Star Game.

    But don’t worry Mr. Hill. The Phillies are doing what they have been doing since 1883. LOSING. If you want things to change convince Middleton to sell the team to a GERMAN family like Ruppert (Yankees), Steinbrenner (Yankees) or Busch (Cardinals). Then we’ll see some changes. Until then, enjoy the muppet shows and sliding boards, vulgar ‘walk-up’ music and Super Hero Night.

    Speaking of Middleton, I am sure he will surface in October to give his annual post-mortem. We’ll keep our noses to the wind. When he surfaces, the stench should be pretty easy to sniff out.

    Ciao.

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