3 Philadelphia Phillies players who are having underrated seasons

Ranger Suarez #55 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Ranger Suarez #55 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Phillies Jean Segura
Jean Segura #2 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Jean Segura has been clutch for the Phillies

Jean Segura has only played in 120 games this season, but he’s hitting for his best average since 2018, and has his best OPS, on-base and slugging percentages since 2016. Coming into Saturday’s game, he was slashing .298/.357/.441 with a .798 OPS. On Saturday, he homered for the 13th and 14th times this season, his first multi-homer game of the year; he only homered 12 times in 144 games in 2019.

As the Phillies strive for their first postseason appearance since their last division title in 2011, Segura has heated up down the stretch. Over his first 16 games of September, he’s hitting .323/.362/.538 with a .901 OPS, two doubles, four home runs, 11 runs scored, 10 RBI, and four walks. He’s only struck out three times in 65 at-bats. 10 of his 14 home runs this season have come since the All-Star break.

Segura is one tick away from a .300 AVG season for the first time since his All-Star season in 2018. He’s not going to lead his league in at-bats or hits like he did in 2016, and he wasn’t an All-Star this year. But the Phillies could move back into first place by the end of the weekend, and he’s a huge reason why.

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