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On Friday, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Kyle Schwarber went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk against his favorite team to torment, the New York Mets. Schwarber is now batting a putrid .190/.306/.418 on the season, though he has 10 homers and 22 RBI. After batting just .167 in April, May hasn't been much better where he is hitting .207 over 87 at-bats. Despite the continued struggles and poor start to the 2022 campaign, managers should remain patient with Schwarber. He is coming off the best campaign of his career in 2021 in which he slashed .266/.374/.554 with 32 homers and 71 RBI in 471 plate appearances with the Nationals and Red Sox.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola had it working on the mound in Thursday's 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves. He picked up the win after 8.1 innings of work in which he allowed one run, picked up 10 strikeouts, and walked no one. After the start, the one-time All-Star owns a 3.56 ERA with a 2-4 record, 74 strikeouts, and a 0.94 WHIP across 10 games. It's looking like a rebound season after a disappointing 2021, where he posted a 4.63 ERA. Fantasy managers that predicted a bounce back should be happy with the results thus far.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper continued to stay hot at the plate in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Braves. Harper went 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a two-run home run, and four RBI. Harper had been hampered by a right UCL sprain for almost a month and may see limited time in the outfield, but he has hit very well this season regardless, slashing .302/.352/.617 with 10 HR, 31 RBI, and six stolen bases. Fantasy managers can thank the universal DH because he will continue to find his way into the lineup as long as he is healthy enough to hit.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Gibson threw 106 pitches but turned in a decent outing in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Braves. Gibson pitched 5 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. The 34-year-old is now 3-2 with a 3.94 ERA, 45 strikeouts, and 14 walks over nine starts and 48 IP this season. He isn't the flashiest fantasy player, but he has continued to be a useful back-of-the-rotation option and is just 54-percent rostered. His next matchup will be a tougher matchup at the Mets, but he is a viable streaming option in points leagues.
Philadelphia Phillies catching prospect Logan O'Hoppe has made an impressive rise from 23rd-round pick in 2018 to No. 5 Phillies prospect on MLB Pipeline's latest list. The backstop, who initially signed an over-slot deal to lure him away from college, made noticeable strides during the 2020 season when COVID-19 allowed him to train at Philadelphia's alternate site. He has trimmed down his strikeout rate significantly, all while adding to his raw power. Defensively, O'Hoppe moves around to block baseballs with ease and uses his quick reaction time and strong arm to throw out runners. The backstop has been busy at the plate as of late, going 11-for-20 with five homers and eight RBI over his last six games. During this stretch and the season as a whole, he has exhibited a walk-to-strikeout rate that has steadily increased throughout his time in the Phillies' system. Now, all eyes are on his rise to the majors. Once he reaches the show, expect his bat to give him strong fantasy upside at such a volatile catcher position.