In fact, Altherr’s performance as of late is quite the opposite.
With another two home runs coming versus the Seattle Mariners during Wednesday’s 11-6 defeat, Altherr has been the hottest player on the Phillies, having now hit a homer in three consecutive games.
The 26-year-old, who went 5-for-10 with three HR and 10 runs batted in during this three-game stretch, became the first Philadelphia player since hall-of-famer Mike Schmidt to hit a three-run homer in three consecutive games.
After the Phillies’ latest defeat, manager Pete Mackanin raved about his starting outfielder.
“I’d like to talk about Altherr,” said Mackanin in an article on Penn Live. “How about this guy? He’s relentless right now. He’s swinging the bat as well as I’ve seen anybody swing the bat.”
Currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, Altherr has been on fire in the month of May. In 30 at-bats, the former ninth-round pick is batting an astounding .433 with 13 hits and a slugging percentage of 1.067.
“It’s definitely been quite a while since I’ve felt this good at the plate, but unfortunately it’s in a loss,” Altherr said. “Hopefully, we can get back on track here soon.”
With the hot streak Altherr is on at the moment, the question of whether or not he can keep this momentum rolling will be the question all Phillies fans will be asking themselves.
One former Philadelphia outfielder that comes to mind is Domonic Brown, who is currently playing in the Colorado Rockies farm system. When Brown burst onto the scene in 2013 with 27 homers and 83 RBI, the Phillie fanbase thought that was just the beginning of Brown’s career in the majors.
But clearly, that wasn’t the case.
And at 26 years of age, there will be hope that this isn’t just another random hot streak, and this truly is a sign of things to come from Altherr.
Jason Kates is a Staff Writer for Outside Pitch MLB covering the Philadelphia Phillies. Follow Jason on Twitter.