Most Valuable Position Player
I’ll start this one off by tipping my cap to Aaron Altherr, who had another nice week. However, Joseph just continues to rake.
Joseph went 7 for 26(.269) this week with two more bombs and four runs batted in. The slugging first baseman has turned his season around with a nice last few weeks and is now batting .257 on the year.
After being highly criticized in April, including by myself, Joseph has had a nice month of May. It will be interesting to see which Tommy Joseph shows up in June.
Most Valuable Pitcher
Velasquez had the best week of any Phillies starter this week. The flame-throwing righty threw five strong innings scattering eight hits and one earned run. Velasquez struck out seven batters over those five innings while only walking one in the process.
Notably, eight hits over five innings are quite high but the fact that the 24-year-old was able to work around it is quite impressive.
Much like every other start for the Phillies this season, Velasquez has been up and down but hopefully, this last start can lead him towards a successful June.