ARLINGTON — It’s throughout in the long run, together with the shedding streak and Nick Castellanos’ struggles.
Castellanos firmly believed that.
“Every storm only has so much rain,” he mentioned after Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to Rangers at Globe Life Field.
The Phillies misplaced three in a row for the primary time since a five-game shedding streak on the finish of May that preceded the sacking of former supervisor Joe Girardi. The Phils began 14-2 underneath interim supervisor Rob Thomson. They had contributions from a distinct forged virtually each evening, massive hits from Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, Bryson Stott, Matt Vierling and Alec Bohm. But these moments have not come this week. The Phillies flew to San Diego as they struggled for the primary time underneath Thomson.
“You have to take the same approach we took in the first 16 games,” mentioned Thomson. “Just put together and compete and produce vitality daily and put it there. Because this can be a good soccer membership.”
The Phillies will attempt to break their slip and get again on observe towards the Padres, who go into Wednesday tied with the Dodgers for first place in NL West. San Diego has one in every of baseball’s finest pitching workers, rating fifth in baseball within the ERA (3.44) and fourth in WAR (9.5), in response to FanGraphs.
It’s not the perfect time for a struggling Phillies offense.
Schwarber, Hoskins and Harper have led on the prime of the lineup this month, however the center and backside lineups have struggled. Castellanos (0-for-11), Didi Gregory (1-for-12), JT Realmuto (3-for-11), Bohm (3-for-12), Odúbel Herrera (0-for-8) and Stott ( 1-for-6) produced a mix of 0.133 (8-for-60) with no extra-base hitting within the final three video games.
“You’re right with those three being the main contributors every day,” Castellanos mentioned.
Castellanos hit .245 with seven homers, 36 RBI and 0.692 OPS this season. He hit .203 with .525 OPS this month. He is with out a hit in his final 17 strokes.
“The humorous half is I informed Ok Long [hitting coach Kevin Long] after I really feel good, I do not get outcomes,” Castellanos said. “But after I really feel like I’m up there struggling is after I flip the drive line or I’m going to get one thing. But typically baseball goes like that.”
Realmuto hit .240 with three homers, 24 RBI and .666 OPS this season. He hit .224 with 0.602 OPS this month. Gregory is searching for his first homer of the 12 months. Bohm is hitting .256 with 4 homers, 25 RBI and 0.642 OPS this season. He hit .228 with .560 OPS this month. Herrera hit 0.188 with 0.563 OPS this month. Stott is hitting 0.036 (1-for-28) in his final 9 video games. He had 4 homers in eight video games earlier this month. He smashed the ball into midfield within the fourth inning on Wednesday, however by some means it stayed within the park.
“They’ve been playing this game for a long time,” mentioned Harper. “You anticipate [success] of these folks each evening they go there. Sometimes gamers have a sluggish begin, particularly being in new locations and understanding new locations, determining new locations, understanding baseball and issues away from the sphere too. That’s all a part of it. I believe it is solely a matter of time earlier than all these folks lastly do what they do.”
The Phillies misplaced on Wednesday partially as a result of Zack Wheeler is unlikely to dominate each time he throws. He allowed 4 runs in 4 1/3 innings, though solely two runs have been gained as two defensive errors within the second half price him the loss.
Wheeler mentioned he felt “a little weird.” He’ll be high quality.
The Phillies imagine that offense may even happen.
“I’m all about the next one,” mentioned Harper. “I really feel like should you play one thing, should you have a look at the final three video games … we did not play our greatest baseball. I believe we actually want to show the web page and go and be excited to be in San Diego. It’s an important group, there will probably be a playoff ambiance there.”