Luke Williams' walk-off homer is Exactly what Dull Phillies Want... they Expect

It is a hyperbolic exaggeration to exclaim -- such as Mitch Williams failed on Phillies Postgame Live after his dramatic and psychological walk-off home run to beat the Braves -- which Luke Williams will conquer Alec Bohm to the starting third baseman task, win Rookie of the Year and eventually become a superstar predicated on 2 games, 1 beginning and one homer.

Luke Williams' walk-off homer is Exactly what Dull Phillies Want... they Expect

Nonetheless, it is not too much of a stretch to state the walk-off he struck to left field, the very first of his profession (and first because he was at high school) after he didn't hit one homer in 18 matches at Lehigh Valley, could spark the Phillies and wake them up in their sleepwalk during the first 60 matches of this 2021 season.

"You just consider the 10 day interval he's had," Phillies manager Joe Girardi said following the 2-1 win. His parents were at South Florida, flew all the way back to California on [Tuesday morning] then were back to watch his first struck along with his home run, fairly special time for this family."

Philadelphia is 29-31 and also a couple of games back from the race for the NL East. They've a negative streak, couple players acting such as All-Stars and an assortment of short-comings, not the least of which will be an unreliable bullpen.

However they have a lot of talent -- they have only been unable to actually strike when they've been needed to. Ahead of Williams' walk-off, Philly had gone 10-9 in 19 one-run matches and'd relented twice as numerous walk offs since they mustered themselves.

The Phillies, at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park, have struck to get an uninspired 2.9% home run percent, nicely below the Braves league-leading 4.1%. They strikeout 26.7percent of their time, the next most all 30 MLB teams. They reach for extra bases only 7.1percent of their time, a bottom 10 amount from the league. They have scored 4.24 runs each game and have enabled 4.49.

They're dull.

They are. Wednesday night that they were not. And needless to say, Bryce Harper maintained he knew that it was coming.

"He explained he felt that it," Williams said of the lengthy celebratory adopt with the 330 million guy. "He believed that something special was coming and also for him to believe that, to feel that I could have an impact on this group is really special and his service -- everybody in that clubhouse -- it is wonderful."

Will his heroics make him starts, with Bohm nevertheless the third baseman of the future and Didi Gregorius nearing his return to the lineup (he is beginning his rehabilitation this week at Triple-A)?

"He has shown a great deal of unique things . He has shown he could drag bunt, he has showed he could run, he can play several positions, that is one reason he up"

The timing is surely excellent. The Phillies have a brutal stretch beforehand with the Yankees coming into town this weekend along with a trip out west to confront the Dodgers and Giants in California only on the horizon. Should they lose all those series they are well behind in their own branch till they return home. Additionally they just took fighting utilityman Scott Kingery off the 40-man roster, meaning he will take the minors for some time seeking to correct what ails him.

He could make a starting job. He could only put in as a precious chair bit. Or he is a flash in the pan who will be back from the minors by Independence Day.

No matter his first career homer will not soon be forgotten.

"I'm convinced his telephone gets more text messages now than he could ever imagine," Girardi said. "I do not understand what his encore is."

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