The Phillies season is now officially under threat. In the fifth shot of the game in San Diego on Saturday night, Blake Snell hit Bryce Harper’s left hand at 97 miles per hour. Harper would leave the game for an x-ray. Shortly afterwards, it was announced that Harper had a broken thumb and would be out of action indefinitely.

Harper got very angry after the pitch, and Padres’ pitcher yelled at Blake Snell and told him to “throw it on the plate.” However, Harper quickly accepted Snell’s apology.

In his last 162 games, Harper cut .324 / .420 / .643, put up 1,063 OPS, hit 42 home runs, doubled 55 doubles and hit a total of 99 additional base hits. He reached an incredible 290 times the base, almost 1.8 times better in every game. He also stole 17 bags.

This is a cruel injury for a boy who has been completely in tears for the last two seasons.

What does this mean for a team that is already terrible after signing a contract with Philadelphia? First, they need another outside defender. Mickey Moniak is recalled and the Phillies hope he can come to San Diego before Sunday’s game. It also means they need kids like JT Realmuto and Nick Castellanos to warm up on the plate and carry the team.

It also means that Rhys Hoskins will have to find a way to stay on the field after finishing his last two years in IL. The same thing applies to everyone on the team. Children who make big money should earn them now.

Harper has experienced a lot in the last two years and has overcome the challenges he faces. After being hit in the face last year, the NL responded by winning the MVP award. When he found out that Tommy John would need surgery after this season, he switched to DH and responded by putting in unrealistic figures, which I hope will bring him to the All-Star game.

Now is the perfect time for Bryce Harper to fix everything. Must close it for the season. The Phillies showed no sign of danger in the National League without him. Nick Castellanos, JT Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins have been below average for most of this season. Kyle Schwarber is really good in June, but what will happen after a week that the calendar says July? Will early pitching (again) replace the terrible bull pitch?

The Phillies had a chance to sneak into the playoffs with Harper’s product if the others in the lineup blushed. With the production they get from their big names, this is no longer possible. Of course, they will still be without Jean Segura by mid-August at the earliest.

No matter how hard they try, they cannot replace its production. No matter who you think you can trade with on a deadline, this will only increase the bust factor in a team that already has a big boom or bust team. The best thing Phillies can do right now is to give Monyak a starting point, either on the outside or on the center, and understand that alone for the next two months. As bad as it is for franchising, it’s a great opportunity to see what’s in them by giving it an extended look. It is also a great opportunity for Monyak to strengthen himself regularly in the major leagues.

If we look at 2023, there will be more questions. Hopefully Harper will be 100% or closer to the elbow problem. Kyle Gibson and Zach Eflin will be free agents this season. Rhys Hoskins will try to increase his salary this winter. Realmuto’s decline this season, along with salaries and contract terms, are problems.

Harper’s injury really confuses the Phillies for the rest of this season. The worldview of an organization that invests so much money to sign older players (Schwarber, Castellanos, Wheeler, Realmuto, Didi Gregorius) may soon begin to haunt them. It’s one thing to sign a big-ticket free agent like Bryce Harper and try to build around him with young players who can grow together. It’s another thing to sign veterans in their 30s or close who are looking for big pay days and long commitments. The fight reduces your window for a few years, and in the final years of these deals, things can get really ugly. We saw it not the same with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley after their injuries. When Jimmy Rollins was dealing with lower body problems, his speed was never the same.

The bottom line is that the Phillies weren’t good enough to develop young players (or bought them), and to solve these problems, they probably signed up or traded veterans who wouldn’t grow old well. Combine that with Harper’s injury, it could be a longer summer and a longer winter.

By philcp

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