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The Philadelphia Phillies Maintain Stellar Performance Throughout 2024 Season

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The Phillies are finally armed with a healthy Bryce Harper (pun intended) manning first base; Philadelphia has started strong with a 37-14 record. The 29-6 record over the last 35 games ties the best stretch in team history, only equaled by that 1892 Philadelphia Phillies we all know so well! Right, y’all? …..hello?

MLB has not seen a start like this for a club in 20+ years over the first 50 games. You have to go back to the 116-win 2001 Seattle Mariners that tied the MLB record for wins in a regular season. Phillies skipper Rob Thompson is well aware of what happened to that Mariners squad that lost 4-games-to-1 in the American League Championship Series to the New York Yankees:

“What did they do at the end?” manager Rob Thomson said. “You’ve got to keep going. You just got to keep grinding, keep pushing all the way through.”

Only 26% (11-of-42) of the teams who started the season as Pinstripe-Red hot as the Philadelphia Phillies over the first 50 games have reached the World Series. There is way more work to be done on Citizens Bank Way.

Harper Making Dreams Come True All Year Long

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman, Bryce Harper, specializes in making dreams come true. Whether it is smashing iconic October homers or making prom dreams become reality, Harper has been nothing but a pleasure to cover since singing his $300+ million contract with the Phillies in 2019. This season, Harper leads the way with 12 home runs while placing second on the Phillies in RBIs with 37. He trails only Alec Bohm in that category, but we will get to him in a moment.

Bryce Harper is reaching base in 39% of his plate appearances, with fellow infielder friends Bohm (38%) and Bryson Stott (37%) close behind. Insanely, six Philadelphia Phillies hitters are reaching base in at least 30% of their plate appearances this season. Joining Harper and Co. on the list are Kyle Schwarber (35%), J.T. Realmuto (33%) and Brandon Marsh (32%). With batting percentages of that nature, pitchers are left scratching their heads about where to find outs in the Philadelphia Phillies lineup in the early portion of 2024.

Bohm, Alec Bohm Smashing Baseball Like They Are Bad Guys

Alec Bohm, the #3 overall pick from 2018, has exceeded expectations in his fourth full MLB season. The Wichita State product has only missed one game. Bohm has 47 RBIs and an MLB-leading 20 doubles on the season, leading Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (17) and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani (17). Alec Bohm’s 61 total hits are twelve hits clear of Bryce Harper’s second-place mark (48) on the team to punctuate just how elite his hitting skills have been early this season. If the 27-year-old third baseman can keep smashing baseballs in June, we should see him at the MLB’s annual summer All-Star celebrations for the first time.

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