5 Phillies who outperformed expectations in April

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 29: Alec Bohm #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies runs off the field at the end of the second inning of the game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on April 29, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 29: Alec Bohm #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies runs off the field at the end of the second inning of the game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on April 29, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images) /
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Kyle Schwarber, Phillies
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 01: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on May 01, 2022 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

Kyle Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber started April with a bang, homering in his first at-bat as the leadoff man on Phillies Opening Day. But like many players in the lineup between then and the end of the month, he went through quite a dry spell.

And if you’re familiar with Schwarber’s career, that’s not a surprise. His March/April/May numbers throughout his career are significantly lower than the later months of the season. Even in 2021, arguably the best season of his career, he began the season hitting .206 with a .619 OPS and two home runs over 16 games between March and April, and over 27 games in June, he hit .280 with a 1.122 OPS and 16 home runs, which all came in an 18-game span.

But towards the home stretch of April, Schwarber heated back up. He homered three times in two games over the weekend, including twice off Max Scherzer, against whom he’d only managed a sole single before. He has six home runs on the season now, four of which were hit in the last 11 games.

Schwarber also gave Angel Hernandez the reality check we’ve all wished we could for years, which was awesome.

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