The Phillies are confident the offensive struggles will come to an end

ARLINGTON — It all comes to an end, including Nick Castellanos’ losing streaks and struggles.

Castellanos believes in it a lot.

“Every storm only has so much rain,” he said after Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to the Rangers at Globe Life Field.

The Phillies have lost three straight for the first time since a five-game losing streak in late May that preceded the firing of former coach Joe Girardi. The Phils started 14-2 under interim manager Rob Thomson. They received contributions from different players almost every night, big hits from Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, Bryson Stott, Matt Vierling and Alec Bohm. But those moments did not come this week. The Phillies flew to San Diego while facing adversity for the first time under Thomson.

“You have to take the same approach we took in the first 16 games,” Thomson said. “You just have to prepare and compete and bring energy every day and spread it out there. Because it’s a good ball club.

The Phillies will look to break their skid and get back on track against the Padres, who entered Wednesday tied with the Dodgers for first place in the NL West. San Diego has one of the best pitching teams in baseball, ranking fifth in baseball in ERA (3.44) and fourth in WAR (9.5), according to FanGraphs.

It’s not the perfect time for a struggling Phillies offense.

Schwarber, Hoskins and Harper led the way at the top of the roster this month, but the middle and bottom of the roster struggled. Castellanos (0 for 11), Didi Gregorius (1 for 12), JT Realmuto (3 for 11), Bohm (3 for 12), Odúbel Herrera (0 for 8) and Stott (1 for 6) hit a combined .133 (8 for 60) with no extra hits in the last three games.

“You’re right that those three guys are the main contributors every day,” Castellanos said.

Castellanos is batting .245 with seven home runs, 36 RBIs and a .692 OPS this season. He beats .203 with a .525 OPS this month. He is hitless in his last 17 at bats.

“The funny thing is I was telling K Long [hitting coach Kevin Long] when I feel good, I don’t get results,” Castellanos said. “But when I feel like I’m up there fighting, that’s when I go back to an online practice or I’ll get something. But baseball happens like that sometimes.

Realmuto is batting .240 with three home runs, 24 RBIs and a .666 OPS this season. He beats .224 with a .602 OPS this month. Gregorius is looking for his first circuit of the year. Bohm is batting .256 with four home runs, 25 RBIs and a .642 OPS this season. He beats .228 with a .560 OPS this month. Herrera is batting .188 with a .563 OPS this month. Stott is at bat .036 (1 for 28) in his last nine games. He hit a four-in-eight-game homer streak earlier this month. He smashed a ball to center field in the fourth inning Wednesday, but it stayed in the park.

“They’ve been playing the game for a long time,” Harper said. “You expect [success] of these guys every night they go out there. Sometimes players have slow starts, especially when they’re in a new place and they understand a new place, discover a new place, learn about baseball and things away from the field as well. It’s all part of it. I think it’s only a matter of time before all these guys end up doing what they’re doing.

The Phillies lost Wednesday in part because it’s impossible for Zack Wheeler to dominate every time he throws. He allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings, although only two runs were earned as two defensive errors in the second cost him.

Wheeler said he felt “a little off”. He will be fine.

The Phillies believe the offense will be too.

“I’m all about the next one,” Harper said. “I feel like if you insist on something, if you look at the last three games … we haven’t played our best baseball. I think we really need to move on and go out there and be excited to be in San Diego. They’re a great team, there’s going to be a playoff vibe there.

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