Similar to the Phillies team, first baseman Rhys Hoskins had a slow start to the 2022 season, causing many fans to want the 29-year-old benched. But after a good series against the Seattle Mariners, Rhys Hoskins showed that he is in fact heating up. Prior to the start of the series, Hoskins held a batting average of .189 with only two home runs and nine runs batted in. Now after the series, Hoskins is batting .222 with a total of five home runs and sixteen runs batted in. Yes, you read that correctly. Hoskins hit three home runs and drove in a total of seven runs in the three game series against the Mariners. In today’s game, Hoskins brought in the only runs for the Phillies with a fourth-inning grand slam against Mariners pitcher Logan Gilbert.
When Hoskins is on a hot streak, he will continue to hit for this Phillies team, taking a lot of pressure off of his fellow teammates. This will benefit a Phillies lineup who has been quiet for the start of the season, and one that fans have been hoping will start to hit more homers. I mean, the Phillies slogan is “Ball Goes Boom,” so it has been nice to see the Ball go Boom lately.
Hoskins' heating up is coming at a perfect time for this Phillies team, as they embark on their toughest run so far of the early season. They already took two out of three from the difficult Seattle Mariners, and now seven of their next ten games will be against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are no easy test either. All in all, the Phillies faithful should be glad to see Hoskins heating up, as it was something that was bound to happen sooner or later. Hopefully Ball continues to go Boom against the Dodgers, as the Phillies look to hopefully take a series against the NL West leader.