Phillies-Rangers: Five things we learned from the series
By John Town
Aaron Altherr might just be a flash in the pan
As we typically do in Philadelphia, we jumped all over Aaron Altherr’s hot start of the year once Howie Kendrick went down with an oblique injury. Looking like an All-Star heading into Texas, Altherr has since cooled off from his plus-.300 batting form.
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The outfielder finished the Texas series 3-11 with no extra-base hits in a wide ballpark. The tools are exciting for the German-native, who could have just hit a bump in the road.
At the same time, we must not jump on the Altherr bandwagon just yet. Remember, this was a guy many felt was a Quadruple-A ballplayer who would never find himself in the major leagues.
He can still remind us of his first couple of hot weeks of the season by picking the offense up against Pittsburgh this weekend.
He’s 1-for-4 in his young career against the starting pitchers he’ll see this weekend.