Which NL East rival hitters will hit Phillies pitchers the hardest in 2022?
Aside from Zack Wheeler and Ranger Suárez, the Philadelphia Phillies pitching staff essentially ranged from mediocre to maddeningly awful in 2021.
Here are six NL East batters who will almost certainly continue to torment Phillies pitchers in 2022…
4. Juan Soto, Washington Nationals
In 60 career games against the Phillies so far, Juan Soto hit .310/.444/.610 with a 1.054 OPS.
Soto’s 66 hits include 11 doubles, a triple, and a whopping 17 home runs, the most he’s hit against any MLB team. Phillies pitchers have walked him more (53) than they’ve struck him out (50). He’s also 6-for-8 in stolen-base attempts against the Phillies; only the Atlanta Braves have let him steal more bases.
Zack Wheeler, in particular, has struggled against Soto, who has a lifetime .314/.478/.514 line and .993 OPS against him. In 35 at-bats, Wheeler has given up 11 hits and 11 walks to Soto. The Nationals star has doubled once and homered twice against the Phillies ace.