Cincinnati Reds: Nick Senzel takes his rookie tour to Philadelphia

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 27: Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates at second base after hitting a RBI double in the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on May 27, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pittsburgh defeated Cincinnati 8-5. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 27: Nick Senzel #15 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates at second base after hitting a RBI double in the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on May 27, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pittsburgh defeated Cincinnati 8-5. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 02: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts to his fly out to end the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 02: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts to his fly out to end the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Phillies infield is leading the way

First baseman Rhys Hoskins is doing damage. Smashing 13 homers and driving in 42 the right-handed slugger has been the most feared hitter in the Phillies’ lineup. Slashing .267/.390/.516 Hoskins has enjoyed the hitter-friendly dimensions of Citizens Bank Park.

Blasting 8 home runs and 7 doubles in front of the home fans, Rhys Hoskins has compiled a ridiculous 1.020 OPS at home. Hoskins eyes will surely light up when he sees Tanner Roark on the mound. In 15 career at-bats, he has 4 doubles and a home run against the Cincinnati Reds’ right-hander.

When the Seattle Mariners sent Jean Segura to the Phillies in December, I thought to myself, “What are the Mariners doing?” It’s June and I still don’t know what the Mariners are doing, but I do know Segura is hitting at a high clip as usual.

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The two-time All-Star is slashing .292/.342/.448 in his first year in Philadelphia. Like most Phillies’ hitters, he’s a fan of Citizens Bank Park. Hitting .321 in front of a tough home crowd is the best way to make a positive first impression.

One of the more underrated players in the National League over the past several years is Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez. Over parts of 7 seasons in Philly, Hernandez has hit .277 with a .355 OBP. What’s more impressive is the 5’10”, 160-pound infielder has added a little power to his game.

Last year, Cesar Hernandez hit a career-high 15 home runs and this year he’s already added 6 round trippers. If the game is on line late look for Hernandez to be a difficult out. When facing Cincinnati Reds’ relievers Raisel Iglesias and David Hernandez he’s a combined 5-10 with 2 doubles. David Bell consider this your warning.