Phillies: Five Takeaways from the Season Split with Boston

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 15: Wilson Ramos #40 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on August 15, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 15: Wilson Ramos #40 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on August 15, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 15: Wilson Ramos #40 of the Philadelphia Phillies has Powerade poured on him after the game against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on August 15, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Red Sox 7-4. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 15: Wilson Ramos #40 of the Philadelphia Phillies has Powerade poured on him after the game against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on August 15, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Red Sox 7-4. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Wilson Ramos will be Crucial to the Team’s Success

Jorge Alfaro, as much as I want him to be great, will not have a successful career if he continues to have no command of the strike zone. As a spectator at the game on Tuesday, his plate discipline showed that he was completely overmatched by a good-not-great Rick Porcello.

My evidence? Two strikeouts looking, despite having multiple hitable pitches (fastballs, nonetheless) out over the plate and middle-in, situations in which most hitters are able to take full advantage.

Wilson Ramos had three extra-base hits last night and had full command of the strike zone. NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Corey Seidman had an interesting statistic showing just how important his performance was, noting that Phillies catchers had just three multi-extra-base hit games this year.

Ramos will not have three extra-base hits in every game throughout the remainder of the season, but his plate discipline and defensive ability show why he was named to the all-star team. His presence in the starting lineup makes the collective Phillies offense much tougher.

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