2 reasons Phillies fans should still have optimism following disappointing series in NY

Kyle Schwarber, #12, Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Schwarber, #12, Philadelphia Phillies / Rich Schultz/GettyImages
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Kyle Schwarber's history in June suggests better days for the Phillies' slugger

We'll get an obvious talking point out of the way for the upcoming month. Kyle Schwarber has been among the best power hitters in baseball in June, and history provides us insight as to why Schwarber may be able to find that magic again in 2023.

Schwarber's .268 batting average and .607 slugging percentage are the two highest in any month of his career, according to BaseballReference.com. Following making his MLB debut in June of 2015, Schwarber has 47 home runs and 107 RBIs in the month, which are his highest single-month totals and account for 22 percent of his career home runs and 23 percent of his career RBIs.

The power-hitting lefty was able to carry this success over to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2022 as well. Schwarber hit 12 of his National League-leading 46 home runs in the month of June 2022, his highest of any month total in the season. Schwarber also held a sub-.200 batting average as the Phillies entered June 2022, but he improved drastically in June with a .272 batting average.

The Philadelphia Phillies' schedule also bodes well for the slugger in the games to come. Schwarber bats .311 in his career against the Phillies' next opponent, the Washington Nationals. According to StatMuse.com he also has a batting average of .250 or higher against four of the remaining seven teams the Phillies face in the month following the nationals, with 61 homers in 131 career games against the teams the Phillies face during the month of June.