The Philadelphia Phillies are just above 39-37 as they enter the middle of the 2022 MLB season. They couldn't have gotten out of their eight-games-below-.500 slump without star slugger Kyle Schwarber. He's been a major contributor to the Phillies' runs in June, and, with Bryce Harper out indefinitely, the Phils need him now more than ever.
NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark discussed Schwarber's June heroics, which include 11 home runs.
“You have the highest home run per at-bat ratio in June in baseball history,” Clark told Schwarber on his podcast, Take Off with John Clark (stat courtesy of The Athletic's Jayson Stark). “Babe Ruth is behind you at number 2.”
“That's a pretty cool stat” Schwarber replied modestly. He said that he has “pretty much the same routine throughout the whole year,” so “it doesn't matter” what month it is.
“Every single day that you come to the field you try to just stay consistent with your work and you try to get comfortable with your work. And then when you go out to the game it's all about just competing … Maybe this is where I get comfortable in my work, and I'm feeling comfortable at the plate,” the Phillies slugger said. “I’m pretty simple. I don’t really dig into biomechanics, launch angles, numbers. If I can hit the baseball on the barrel of the bat, it's going to come out pretty good.”
The Phillies are currently on a two-game losing streak. They'll attempt to keep their record above .500 with a win to close out their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.