3 Phillies who led the team back to the MLB playoffs

Which Phillies stepped up this season and helped the club get back to the playoffs for the second year in a row?
Trea Turner, Bryson Stott, Philadelphia Phillies
Trea Turner, Bryson Stott, Philadelphia Phillies / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages
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Bryson Stott

Bryson Stott is a player who has been one of the more consistent players on the team this season.

Of course, he has had his trials and tribulations throughout the season. Stott bookended the beginning and end of his season with two streaks in opposite directions.

To start the year, Stott began the season with a 17-game hitting streak, which is a Phillies franchise record. Fast forward all the way to the end of September, Stott was given a day off in the final game of a three-game series against the Pirates because he had been slumping. In his previous 70 plate appearances prior to that announced day off, Stott had a .159 batting average, a .232 on-base percentage and a .238 slugging percentage. 

Other than that, Stott has been rock solid, and he even made a leap at the plate. You may not be aware, but the 26-year-old had the highest replacement value on the team, according to FanGraphs. He led the veteran-laden Phillies with a 3.9 fWAR.

How did he do it? All of his major traditional statistics have gone up substantially from last year.

Stott played in 151 regular season games, collected 164 hits, 78 runs scored, 32 doubles, 15 home runs, 62 runs batted in and 31 stolen bases while batting .280/329/.419 for the season. Stott’s stable play at the plate is a large part of why he was instrumental in the team making it back to the postseason.

That consistency extends to when Stott has two strikes on him in an at-bat. He posted an OPS of .744 when facing a two-strike count. Someone had to do their job at the expected level and then maybe add a little bit more, and that’s exactly what Stott has done. All while making some great plays on the diamond at second base.

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