3 Phillies who need to step up in Bryce Harper’s absence
Castellanos had a four-hit game on Sunday, his most hits in a game since May 9, but on the whole, his first few months in Philly have been underwhelming.
He’s hitting .252/.306/.387 with a .693 OPS. His batting average is the lowest of any season in his 10-year career in which he played more than 60 games, and his slugging percentage and OPS are the worst of his career, excluding his 11-game debut in 2013.
As far as bridging the power gap created by Harper’s absence, Castellanos hasn’t done much. He’s homer-less in June, with only four doubles in 24 games. Worse yet, he’s scored only five runs and driven in nine RBI this month, after putting up double-digits in both categories in April and May.
After a four-game hitless streak last week, it was nice to see Castellanos have six hits in the four-game set against the Padres over the weekend, but the power still isn’t there; none of his hits were for extra bases. In fact, he hasn’t had an extra-base hit since his two-double game on June 17.