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Nick Castellanos Opens Up on Struggles This Season

Larry Rupp
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos opened up on his struggles this season.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos opened up on his struggles this season. / Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies saw their quest to win 10 straight games for the first time since 2009 fall short on Sunday in a 13-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was another tough day at the plate for outfielder Nick Castellanos, who recently opened up about his struggles to execute this season.

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Castellanos finished the day 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and is only slashing .251/.309/.405 on the year. That fails to compare to his All-Star season in 2021, when he finished with an impressive slash line of .309/.362/.576. The 30-year-old just hasn't been able to find his footing at the plate.

"I haven’t been comfortable all year. But it’s only a matter of time, I’ll tell you that. It’s kind of one of those things that sometimes you just go through phases that you don’t really have a good feeling at the plate."

Nick Castellanos on his 2022 struggles

The Phillies brought in Castellanos on a five-year deal worth $100 million this past offseason in hopes that he could be a powerful bat to pair with 2021 MVP Bryce Harper. That hasn't been the case so far, but Castellanos remains optimistic, saying that "baseball can be a funny game sometimes."

On the bright side, 21 of Castellanos' 57 hits this season have gone for extra bases and he ranks third on the team with 31 RBI. He is finding ways to contribute despite not being as dominant as he has been in the past. It could be a scary sight for opposing pitchers if he gets into a groove, though.

Philadelphia has odds set at +3500 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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