The infield corners are dark holes in the Phillies lineup. Last night, first baseman Rhys Hoskins hit into three double plays and capped his night with a strikeout in the ninth inning. He represented the tying run at the time in the 5-4 defeat to Orioles.
Over at third base, the situation was not much better. A bonehead play by Jean Segura allowed a popup to drop at the right side of the pitchers mound. That was all that needed to set up an Orioles win.
Both Hoskins and Segura are both hitting around the Mendoza Line after the first 13 games of the 60 game season. Segura has three RBIs and Hoskins has one.
Yes, the bullpen has the worst ERA in the MLB so far. The Phillies corner infielders do not rank much higher either at their positions. We can also not forget that second baseman Scott Kingery was finally benched last night. He has gone 4 for 40 so far this season.
Reports from the taxi squad alternative site in East Allentown indicate some good news with the bats taking place there. Over the last two weeks of intrasquad games, Deivy Grullon has hit five homers. On Tuesday while playing first base he last went deep and in yesterday’s game while catching doubled to the base of the centerfield wall at Coca-Cola Park.
Not to be outdone in yesterday’s game, third baseman Alec Bohm homered for the first time. He is hitting over .500 in intrasquad game action.
The Phillies do have alternatives to the non-production we are seeing at the corner infield positions. If the poor play of the Phillies infield corners continue, we have to see some changes either by trade or call ups to shake things up and salvage the season before it is too late.
Update: Meghan Montemurro of the Athletic is now reporting that the Phillies have called up Alec Bohm. He has been playing third and first base at the alternative camp in Allentown.