Philadelphia Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber has put up an incredible first of at least four seasons in red pinstripes. Through Monday, the eight-year veteran has slugged 21 doubles, three triples, 46 home runs and 94 RBI across 154 games and 575 plate appearances.
There have been only three other Phillies players and five overall single-season performances in franchise history in which a batter has hit more home runs — Ryan Howard (58, 2006); Mike Schmidt (48, 1980); Howard (48, 2008); Jim Thome (47, 2003); and Howard (47, 2007).
Schwarber will go down as one of the Phillies’ 2022 regular season Most Valuable Players — and he has particularly made all of the difference in the past three games against the Washington Nationals and Astros, helping the Phillies overcome the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League standings to clinch its first-ever Wild Card berth. Over the stretch, Schwarber has slugged an impressive total of four home runs and seven RBI.
The two-time All-Star’s Monday-evening, two solo-home run effort secured his eighth multi-home run game of the season — setting a Phillies franchise record. Entering the night, Schwarber was in a four-way tie with Dick Allen (1968), Howard (2006) and Chase Utley (2006) for the most ever multi-home run games in a single season among Phillies players.
The impressive feat does not stop there. According to OptaSTATS, Schwarber is just one of two players in MLB history with two multi-home run games in October in a single regular season.
The Phillies have lifted a huge weight off of their shoulders. Now, it is Dave Dombrowski-constructor roster’s time to shine in Red October postseason baseball. As the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves have proven in recent seasons, any team can string together enough wins to come out as World Series champions. Just perhaps, 2022 will be the Phillies’ year.