By Sam Bush
JT Realmuto smacked a pair of two-run home runs in the Phillies’ 11-4 loss to the Orioles.
He is easily among the best catchers in the major leagues. And he has easily been the Phillies’ best player in this shortened season.
In case you forgot, he went through arbitration in the offseason, there was no resolution and now he is waiting for the Phils to pay up.
What’s the hold-up?
Nothing he did Wednesday diminished that, even after striking out looking to end the game in the Phillies’ 5-4 loss to the Orioles.
Realmuto drove in the Phillies’ first run with a single to center field. He has 13 RBIs in 13 games, which ranks first on the team, as do his five home runs.
He is among the National League’s top 10 in both categories even though the Phillies have played as many as seven fewer games as some of their NL counterparts.
And yet, everything about the Phillies’ loss, coming on the heels of a 10-9 loss the night before, illustrates exactly why Realmuto might want to take his talents elsewhere next season.