Former Phillies head coach Charlie Manuel called it “the season that just passed.” The 2021 Philadelphians simply call it “June.”
In the nine games that started in the third month of the season, the Phillies have a 7-2 record. They are firmly in second place in the NL East, and as of Monday, they tied with the Mets for the most wins in the division. As a tester on a road trip to the West, the Phillies won four consecutive victories, three of which were eliminated.
Six games against the Dodgers and Giants are about to go, but the two Giants on the West Coast will not be taken lightly.
It is true that in a very small sample size, the Phillies’ bats became active because the team scored close to 7 points per game and was 28 points higher than the Nationals, Warriors and Yankees during this time. . Here is a deeper understanding of their recent honors:
In June, Andrew McCutchen and Alec Bohm reached 0.355, Odubel Herrera reached 0.333, and JT Realmuto reached 0.323. In total, there are 11 different Phillies batters with an on-base percentage higher than 0.333.
However, if we don’t mention Jean Segura, the Phillies’ second baseman, who will become an All-Star this season, then we are negligent. The 31-year-old veteran has odds of 0.319 at the start of the month. All he did was to increase his average field goal percentage to 0.339, add two off-field hits and three consecutive 3 hits, and he will hit Los Angeles in a row. His shooting percentage this month is 0.424.
“I can’t explain this,” Segura told NBC Sports Philadelphia after his second off-court shot, ending the game against the Yankees with a score of 7-7 on Saturday. “I was born to play this game… I want to be in that situation all the time.”
Unfortunately, the Phillies’ pitching put them in that position, leading 7-2 and forcing a dramatic ending.However, Phils’s pitching was also turned off in July, despite the fact that it caused Segura and Luke Williams’ departure Hit.
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Strangely, the Phillies lead the Major League Baseball with 5 bullpen victories (in only 9 games, 3 fewer than many teams in the MLB). The three key rescuers, Brandon Kinzler, Hector Nellis and Connor Brogdon, performed very badly in June, with a combined SR of 11.57. Other pitchers have an ERA of 2.13 this month.
Aaron Nola won his June 1st and June 14th. During this period, the Phillies’ starters did not win any wins, and Zack Wheeler’s pair of main starters were wasted.
It is worth mentioning that, despite his modest 4-3 record this season, Wheeler leads all MLB pitchers in pitching games and tied for the highest WAR of all baseballs with 3.9. He is now clearly NL’s top three pitchers, along with Jason deGrom and Brandon Woodruff. On Wednesday night, he will face Clayton Kershaw in the third game of the Dodgers series.
Next week, the Phillies can be said to face the toughest game of the season. The Dodgers (39-26) and Giants (40-25) have two of the best records in the National League, which may quickly dissipate the renewed optimism of the team.
Or the Phillies can maintain their level, stay above 0.500, and give themselves a chance to return to the top of the division during four games with the Mets on the weekend of June 25.
Interestingly, at least according to sports betting, the Phillies are still behind the Mets. Philadelphia currently has +850 odds in the NL East, Through DraftKings (via Pickswise). The Mets are -313 and the Braves are +360. Philadelphia is three games behind New York and two games ahead of Atlanta.
We will see what happens to these odds within a week after the Phillies go home.By then, gGet ready to fall asleep between the environmental sounds of Chavez Canyon and the words of Tom McCarthy this week, the Phillies are playing some very meaningful late-night baseball.
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