HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 28: Nick Castellanos #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies slides to catch a fly ball in the ninth inning against the Houston Astros in Game One of the 2022 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 28, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
Nick Castellanos did not have a good debut season in a Phillies jersey. His power vanished, and his batting average plummeted. That continued into the post-season. Outside of a couple of weeks in April, and a couple of weeks in August, he never found his groove last season. But could he be in for a bounce-back season? Maybe so. he has struggled early in Spring Training. But he did join Anthony Gargano earlier today. And he discussed that while the results are not there yet, he is feeling better about his approach than he has in a while.
“I feel great. This is the healthiest I have felt in 2-3 years… Im seeing the ball really well. So far I think I have 8 walks. Which for me is a rarity, I like to swing. Just finding that balance of patience in my swing right now. To say that I am clicking, I am not. But I am also not really worried about it. It’s so early. When I am seeing the ball, that is when everything falls. And right now I am seeing the ball well.”
See what Andrew Salciunas found in The Audio Vault today! Every day Andrew dives into the Vault to pull out clips and audio relevant to the day. And with him and Anthony Gargano down in Clearwater, Andrew figured he would dedicate the next few days of the Vault to the Phillies. The Phillies’ 2023 season is just a few weeks away. But before we get there, he figured we should celebrate the 2022 Phillies. Starting today with the regular season.
Andrew, with help from Ray Dunne, put together the best moments of the Phillies’ regular season in 2022. Unlike the postseason, which was fun for mostly all of it until the last 3 games vs the Astros, the regular season was up and down. Hopes started high with some big additions like Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos. But then the Joe Girardi led Phils came out flat. They had a losing record through the first couple of months under him. but then despite national media types claiming firing Girardi would not help, it did.
The Phillies were suddenly the hottest team in baseball. And despite injuries to Harper and a very bumpy September, the Phillies finally broke a decade-long playoff drought. What got them to that point? Andrew made his list of the 9 best moments from the seasons. The biggest hits, the walk-offs, and the most exciting moments. Relive the season that finally turned October Red again for Philadelphia with Andrew and Anthony.
Here are Andrew Salciunas’s Top Moments from the 2022 Phillies’ Regular Season…