At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I want to tell y’all that Tyler Phillips had a really good start last night.
The 20 year old righthander, who has carved up the Sally League this year, threw five shutout innings last night, giving up 3 hits and a walk while striking out 4, and needing just 63 pitches to do so. Phillips, who is at a career high 128 innings for the season, has seen the team back off a bit of his pitch counts of late, as he’s alternated between 90 pitch starts and starts in the 55-70 pitch range over the past few weeks.
For the season, Phillips is now sporting a 2.67 ERA and a 2.34 FIP, with an incredible 124:14 K:BB ratio, while also allowing just 4 home runs on the season. Last night’s game was his 21st start in a row where he walked one or fewer batter, and since the beginning of July, Phillips is allowing opponents to hit .192/.220/.238 off of him, with 59 Ks against 6 walks and a 1.38 ERA. He’s definitely finishing the season strong.