The Philadelphia Phillies currently sit in fourth place in NL East, just .5 game in front of the last-place Mets. However, with the parity seen within the division, they are just 5 games behind the first-place Braves. Looking to make the playoffs since their string of 5 consecutive NL East titles ended in 2011, the Phillies haven’t been exceedingly effective in any facet of the game. They are currently in the bottom 5 in the National League in runs, home runs, RBIs. They’re pitching staff has the second-worst ERA in the NL at 4.16 and the highest batting average against at .265.
After losing three straight games to fall back to five games below .500, the Phillies got a much needed 5-3 win in yesterday’s ball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies played well as team, collecting a total of seven hits while getting timely hits, going 3-7 with runners in scoring position. Two of their five runs came with two outs in the inning. Four different pitchers appeared in the game and limited the Dodgers to just three runs (two earned). While the game may have been won because of a solid team effort, the highlight of the game was the performance of Ben Revere.
Ben Revere went 4-4 with three runs scored and knocked in his sixth RBI of the season in yesterday’s ballgame. While three of his four hits were singles, the homer-less Revere collected his first double (and third extra base hit) of the season. With his first efficient offensive game in a while, Revere finally showed the Phillies that he can be a catalyst at the top of the order. Going into the game, his batting average sat at .269 with his on-base percentage at a paltry .284. While tied for fourth in the NL in steals at 12, Revere wasn’t getting on base enough to justify his hitting out of the leadoff spot. Revere, who rarely walks, had just his second multi-hit game of the month yesterday after having nine such games in April. Since collecting three RBIs on opening day, Revere had only collected two more until getting one yesterday and had driven in no one since April 26.
Both the Phillies and Revere hope that yesterday’s performance was a coming-out party of sorts for the 26 year-old center fielder. A first-pick of the Twins in the 2007 MLB draft, Revere came to Philadelphia with high expectations before the 2013 season in a trade for Vance Worley and Trevor May. Revere played extremely well for the Phillies last season despite missing significant time for injury. He ended up playing in only 88 games last year after his season ended on July 13 when he fractured his foot. If Revere can begin to play like he did before his injury, the Phillies will have a dynamic leadoff man who will try to get them back to the playoffs for the first time in three years.