Few words can describe how hot Ben Revere has been at the plate the last six weeks.
So, we’ll let the numbers do the talking.
Since June 26, Revere is hitting .368 (63 for 171). With a 2-for-5 effort on Wednesday, he now has a hit in 16 of his last 18 games.
The scorching stretch has propelled the Phillies' leadoff hitter onto the National League leaderboard in multi-hit games (40, 3rd in NL), batting average (.309, 5th) and hits (132, T-7th). He’s on pace to eclipse nearly every career-high.
What’s behind the surge?
“I’ve just been patient and finding the right pitch,” Revere said prior to Wednesday’s game. “I’m not drawing a lot of walks, but I’m getting deep in counts and when I get a pitch I like, I hack.
“Baseball is a long season and you’re going to have your good days and your bad days, but lately it’s been right on point.”
Count manager Ryan Sandberg among those who doesn’t think Revere’s performance is merely a fluke.
“He’s become a very good hitter who has knack for making contact,” Sandberg said. “He just seems to find a way to hit .300 with his speed and his ability to put his bat on the ball consistently. I don’t see why he can’t have 30-35 doubles a season with the way he sprays the ball around.”
Revere has received some criticism for not walking enough as a leadoff hitter (he has only 10 walks all season), but the Phillies' centerfielder said he has no plans to stop attacking hittable pitches in the name of drawing walks.
After all, why change what’s been working so well?
“People want me to draw walks, but if they throw me a pitch I can drive I’m going to swing at it and put it in play,” he said. “Baseball is about hitting it where the defense ain’t. When you do that, good things happen.”
Ruf keeping fresh
In a microcosm of Darin Ruf’s season, the 28-year-old was not in Wednesday’s lineup a day after reaching base three times.
Ruf has started consecutive games just once since July 25 despite putting up a .918 OPS in that time. The first baseman/leftfielder is doing his best to take the inconsistent playing time in stride.
“I’m just doing what other guys do in my position,” he said. “I’m getting in the cage as much as possible and getting in the weight room to keep my body fresh. Just swinging the bat in BP and trying to keep my swing as consistent as possible.”
Sandberg said Ruf’s benching had to do with who was starting on the mound for the Angels.
“Jered Weaver is extremely tough on right-handed batters,” Sandberg said. “He’s got a lot of deception to what he throws so I wanted to go with more left-handed bats in tonight’s game.”
Marquis not an option yet
Veteran right-hander Jason Marquis was activated off the Triple A Lehigh Valley’s disabled list and started for the IronPigs on Wednesday.
Marquis, who missed the last three weeks with a right oblique strain, pitched five innings, allowed eight hits and four runs, walked two and struck out five.
Sandberg said the organization has not discussed bringing him up to the majors.
Prospect Rhys Hoskins was named the New York-Penn League (Low-A) Player of the Week for the week ending Aug. 10.
Hoskins, a 21-year-old first baseman, hit .476 (10-for-21) with a double, two home runs, five RBIs and six runs in six games for Williamsport during the week.
The Phillies drafted Hoskins in the fifth round, No. 142 overall, out of Cal State Sacramento this past June. He is hitting .242/.313/.411 with seven homers and 35 RBIs in 54 games with the Crosscutters.