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Which Phillie has the best odds to lead the league hits?

Which Phillie has the best odds to lead the league hits?

For the Phillies to have success this season, they’ll need their core of Bryce Harper, J.T.Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins to shine. However, the Phillies could use an added punch from other members of the starting lineup if they are to find themselves in the postseason.

Trivia question time: Which Phillie is ranked seventh in MLB in hits over the last four seasons?

Answer: Jean Segura (699)

Seeing “Mean Jean” that high on the list might be mildly surprising but the Phillies’ infielder did lead the National League in hits (203) back in 2016 during his one season with the Diamondbacks. Last season, Segura’s 161 hits were second only to Cesar Hernandez (171) despite playing in 17 less games.

Segura has the pedigree to be among the league leaders in hits if he can remain healthy for the 60-game season. From a sports betting perspective, names like Houston’s Jose Altuve and Colorado’s Nolan Arenado are among the many favorites to be the hit kings for 2020. Without listing all the numbers, Altuve and Arenado are listed with odds of 12-1 to 14-1 on most sportsbooks.

However, Segura isn’t too far behind them with odds of 22-1 on DraftKings and FOX Bet ($100 wager will pay $2,200) and 27-1 on FanDuel ($100 wager will pay $2,700). The 30-year-old is the only Phillie listed with odds for most hits on the major sportsbooks. 

He appears to be all business entering this season by the looks of his Instagram post from almost a month ago. If Segura’s training is on point — then hopefully his hitting isn’t too far behind — it could be worthwhile to keep an eye on his production over the next couple of months.

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Slumping Scott Kingery admits to playing with nagging injury, understands demotion

Slumping Scott Kingery admits to playing with nagging injury, understands demotion

Scott Kingery was out of the Phillies' starting lineup for the third straight game Friday night. Rookie Alec Bohm got his second straight start at third base and veteran Jean Segura moved over to second, where Kingery had been the starter for 12 of the team's first 13 games.

After opening the season with just four hits in his first 40 at-bats, Kingery is back in the super-utility role that he filled in 2018 and 2019. He was eager to land in one spot this season, but his slump forced the Phillies to look for more offense, hence Bohm's promotion and Segura's move to second.

Kingery was hit hard by COVID-19 in June. He was cleared to play by doctors, but lingering effects may have played a role in his slow start.

In recent days, questions of whether Kingery has been playing with an injury have been raised. Manager Joe Girardi shot down those questions on Friday afternoon, but Kingery did not later in the day.

"Uh, well ... I mean ... there was a shoulder thing and a back thing," Kingery said. "The back thing led to the shoulder thing, which was affecting me a little bit. Obviously hitting-wise that also plays a factor into it. But the back thing — I don't know if it's related to COVID or if it was me missing 10 days of summer camp and jumping right back into things. I might have tweaked something in the process of coming back faster than normal. There was the back thing. Very tight. It led to a lot of pressure being put on my shoulder, so that's been kind of nagging at me. But no, nothing serious, nothing structurally. Just some stuff that was bugging me."

Kingery said his left shoulder had been bugging him. He may have aggravated the shoulder trying to make a diving play in the hole behind Zack Wheeler on Tuesday night. Kingery landed hard on his outstretched arm/shoulder and was unable to make the play.

Girardi indicated that Kingery was out of the lineup not because he was hurting but because he was working on some things.

"I think he's dealt with some of his symptoms, you know, fatigue at times," Girardi said. "Is there anything really bothering him? No. He feels good, but we're just trying to get him some work and get him back on track."

According to sources, the Phillies considered putting Kingery on the IL when Bohm was called up Thursday. The Phils decided, instead, to put Adam Haseley on the IL with a wrist injury. With Haseley out, Kingery becomes the next man up in center field should Roman Quinn need a blow. Kingery played 61 games in center field last season but has concentrated solely on second base this season. He'll need some reacclimating out there.

Kingery was hoping to play one position — his natural second base — this season. One never knows, he might end up back there at some point, but if Bohm hits at third and Segura hits at second, well, Kingery might be back in a utility role for a while.

"I was very excited, obviously, finally being able to play second base. Super excited," Kingery said. "Obviously, the original spring training got shut down. I got COVID, came to summer camp late. We started the season and that got shut down for a little bit. And obviously, I'm not performing like I would like to, and it's frustrating.

"I just think everything's amplified because there's no time to figure things out this year. It's a sprint. There's really no time to waste so I come in and don't perform for the first 10 games, things change. And I completely understand that. With a 162-game season, you have a little bit more leeway to have a slow start, but I completely understand that this year's different."

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Mets Zoom snafu puts the Phillie Phanatic way, way too close to Jacob deGrom

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Mets Zoom snafu puts the Phillie Phanatic way, way too close to Jacob deGrom

Sports in 2020 are a learning experience for everyone, including the person in charge of hanging up temporary backgrounds in online conference calls.

Mets ace pitcher Jacob deGrom was addressing reporters via Zoom on Friday afternoon from inside Citizens Bank Park. Nothing out of the ordinary there for a currrent COVID-19-era sporting event.

And then... things went sideways for the Mets' logistics team:

Why, hello there Phanatic!

I love how it looks like the Phillies' mascot was just lying in wait behind the curtain, spying on deGrom's press call and trying to gather inside info. That's commitment.

It's not quite as dramatic, but the scene - and the Phanatic's unexpected entrance - immediately reminded of one truly classic Vine:

I mean, c'mon now:

Mystifying.

deGrom was scratched from Friday's start because of neck tightness, a big break for a struggling Phillies team in desperate need of a win to turn things around. 

And after that scene, I can't imagine deGrom is in any rush to return to Citizens Bank Park.

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