The terrific story of the Phillies' 22-year-old wunderkind continued Thursday night with a three-hit, three RBI effort.
Beerleaguer: He's a vacuum defensively and an RBI machine at the dish. Three more makes it 22 RBIs on the season - an outstanding achievement for a rookie eight-hole hitter - and the double raises his slugging percentage to .405. How many second basemen have been better when you tabulate the entire package? The answer: not many. According to Fangraphs' WAR stat, he's the sixth-best NL second baseman overall and second best fielder. It's all transpired in the context of a 22-year-old kid who's as new to the Majors as he is to the position. Terrific story - the best of the Phillies' season, in my opinion.
Turning to the rest of the league, Beerleaguer contributor Drew Silverman senses a juiced ball conspiracy that occurred throughout baseball Thursday because of all the scoring and tape-measure home runs, as seen in the Phillies-Cardinals game. Silverman says the light bill made for a low-key testing ground. San Diego tallied 11 runs and 18 hits at Citi Field. The Twins and White Sox combined for 22 hits. The Phils and Cardinals mashed 23 - 10 of them off back-sliding right-hander Joe Blanton.
Wilson Valdez: .195/.190/.244 (17 OPS+)