Phillies' Revere is on a roll

Posted: August 20, 2014

OVER THE last couple of months, no player on the Phillies' roster has done more to improve his stock than Ben Revere. In an outfield that features a steady, four-man rotation on the corners, Revere has moved from sharing time with John Mayberry Jr. and Grady Sizemore to one of the hottest components of the lineup.

Between July 22 and the start of play yesterday, Revere was hitting .382 with an .824 OPS, moving his average from .292 to .314, the second-best mark in the National League behind Justin Morneau's .323. With two more hits in a 4-1 win over Seattle, he now is up to .315.

Revere's pursuit of the batting title also shines a light on how unique a player he is: No player in major league history has ever finished a season hitting .314 with an on-base average below the .331 that Revere carried into last night's game. Garry Templeton finished the 1979 season hitting .314 with a .331 OBP, and Hy Myers finished 1922 at .317 and .331.

Revere's .702 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) would be the second-lowest all-time for a qualified hitter who finished the season with a batting average of .314 or better. You have to go all the way back to 1915 to find a lower mark. That would be Stuffy McInnis, who hit .314 with a .699 OPS for the Philadelphia Athletics.

Revere has been playing with a foot injury, noticeable in his gait, but manager Ryne Sandberg said the condition cannot get any worse by playing on it. Clearly, it hasn't had any negative impact on his performance.

Mayberry to rehab

Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment after missing nearly a month with a wrist injury.

The 30-year-old righthanded hitter, who is earning $1.59 million this season in his first year of arbitration, is a non-tender candidate this offseason. Mayberry has not appeared in a game since July 20, when he hit his sixth home run in a loss to the Braves. He is likely to spend at least a week in the minors before the Phillies consider activating him.

Mayberry has been used more sparingly this season than in any of the previous three. In 138 plate appearances, he is hitting .213 with a .304 on-base percentage and .418 slugging percentage. In 2012 and 2013 he combined to log 863 appearances with a .237/.294/.393 batting line and 25 home runs.

"With a wrist injury like that, you want to be careful with it and take it a game at a time," manager Ryne Sandberg said prior to last night's game. "Possibly starting off a little bit slowly and progressing with it. Whatever is necessary, but a little more on the cautious side if anything as far as the number of games."

Rollins sits

Jimmy Rollins entered last night with one extra-base hit in his previous 74 plate appearances. During that stretch, he was hitting just .206 with a .270 on-base percentage, dropping his OPS from .729 to .695. Sandberg gave the shortstop the night off, starting Andres Blanco instead. Blanco hit a three-run homer in the fifth.

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