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Tommy Joseph is having a great month of May
Through the first 15 games of May, Tommy Joseph had a .383/.473/.830 line with five home runs and 11 RBI. It was a complete reversal of his April where he hit for a meager .179/.222/.476 line with just one home run.
However, Joseph didn’t carry his hot streak into Pittsburgh as he went just 1-for-8 in the series with a sacrifice fly.
As of now, Joseph’s stats for the season stand as follows: .254/.316/.467 line with 14 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, and 18 runs scored. He has a 8.1% walk rate and 25% strikeout rate. Those rates are still bogged down by his rough start to the season, but this most recent series was a tack back towards that slow start.
Joseph has to keep his hitting streak because if he falls off again, the calls to bring Rhys Hoskins to the majors will come back in force. The question is whether this Pirates series was just a hiccup for Joseph or if they are the beginning of his numbers normalizing.