Philadelphia Phillies: Depth and patience have been key for Phils bright start to 2018
Coming into Sunday’s matchup with the Washington Nationals, the Philadelphia Phillies had an 18-14 record.
The Phils were also one game out of first place in the NL East.
Rookie manager Gabe Kapler has continued to leave Carlos Santana in the starting lineup despite an abysmal .167 batting average.
Infielder Scott Kingery, outfielders Aaron Altherr and Nick Williams and catcher Andrew Knapp are all batting .212 or lower.
The fact that Kapler continues to leave these players in the mix to start everyday shows the patience Kapler has and the believe that they will come up big when it counts.
On the pitching front the Philadelphia Phillies have stuck with reliever Edubray Ramos despite struggling to throw strikes at a more consistent rate. The 25-year old has a .64 ERA this season.
Even though Drew Hutchison, Adam Morgan and Luis Garcia sometimes keep fans biting their finger nails due to uneasy performances they have only allowed 12 runs in 40.1 innings pitched heading into Sunday.
Depth has definitely been critical in 2018 for the Phils.
Young guns Yacksel Rios and Victor Arano have been strong performers out of the Philly bullpen.
Arano has struck out 13 batters in 12 innings of work. Meanwhile, Rios hasn’t allowed a run in 11 of the 14 games he’s pitched.
On offense, the Phillies have given different players a chance to show what they can do.
Pedro Florimon, Altherr, Williams and catchers Knapp and Jorge Alfaro have all seen their fair share of time in the field.
With J.P. Crawford sidelined because of a right forearm strain the Phils have used Florimon and Kingery at short.
Both have struggled to get into a flow offensively, but they’ve done the job on defense. They’ve combined to commit only two errors so far this season.
Sure the Philadelphia Phillies have more work to do, but that doesn’t mean the NL East should ignore their progress. They may have to take the advice of Thanos and run from it!