Phillies: 3 Overperformers and Underperformers of First Half

Jul 11, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Ronald Torreyes (74) follows through on a three run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 11, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Ronald Torreyes (74) follows through on a three run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Overperformer 2: Brad Miller

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Jul 8, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Brad Miller (13) runs the bases after hitting his third home run against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

Miller signed a one-year deal during the offseason to re-join the Phillies, whom he played in 66 games for in 2019. He hit a respectable 12 home runs, 21 RBI, and .263/.331/.610 in that stint with Philadelphia.

Miller started seven of his first 18 games this season before teammate injuries led to him starting 21 of his next 28 contests, hitting .260/.345/.481, with four home runs and 13 RBI, in that stretch.

Overall, he has nine home runs, 25 RBI, and a .250/.339/.462 slash line in 71 games this season. The home run and RBI numbers are similar to his seven home runs and 25 RBI in 14 fewer at-bats last year, though his hitting-for-average is noticeably improved beyond his .232/.357/.451 slash line with the St. Louis Cardinals.

He’s had to step into a larger role than expected in 2021, and he ranks well against teammates in key categories. He has more home runs than J.T. Realmuto, Alec Bohm, and Jean Segura in fewer at-bats, with a better batting average than Bohm, Rhys Hoskins, and Andrew McCutchen.

Fans will also remember his three-homer game against the Chicago Cubs for a while, when he drove in five of the team’s eight runs in an 8-0 victory on July 8. Prior to his big night, no Phillies player had homered three times in a game since 2008.

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