By Sam Bush
The Phils Rhys Hoskins is still looking for his first home run, but he is batting .308 (8-for-26) with three doubles, four RBIs and an .861 OPS in his past seven games, as MLB.com has pointed out.
Compare that to Hoskins’ first nine games. Hoskins batted .111 (3-for-27) with one double, one RBI and a .533 OPS. His average exit velocity (86.3) and launch angle (19 degrees) were below his career averages (89.6 mph) and (22.6 degrees).
Maybe Hoskins’ recent play will lead to something.
If it does, the Phillies’ offense could really take off. It already ranks sixth in baseball in runs per game (5.29). It is third in on-base percentage (.343) and third in slugging percentage (.460). If you prefer more modern metrics, the Phillies are first in expected batting average (.279) and expected weighted on-base average (.364) and second in expected slugging percentage (.490) and wOBA (.340).