Philadelphia Sports Day

Bour Brings Power and Experience

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By Jeff Moeller

With his acquisition of Justin Bour Friday, the Phillies continued to add some added power to the lineup and bench.

Bour could help snap the team’s 19-inning scoreless streak heading into Saturday’s game in San Diego.

The 30-year-old, left-handed hitting Bour 19 homers and 54 RBIS with a .227 average in 447 plate appearances. He also has a .835 OPS and ironically, has hit well against Atlanta. He has a .304 mark with two homers and six RBIs in 11 games against the Braves this season.

“We liked the profile of the player,” said general manager Matt Klentak. “He fits our style of offense very well. He works counts, takes walks, hits the ball out of the ballpark. We’ve been thinking about our bench for a while now and trying to create some versatility on our bench and add some different weapons. Obviously with Roman Quinn joining the team recently, that adds a certain element to our bench. But what we’ve been lacking is a big power hitter on our bench.”

Bour and recently acquired Wilson Ramos, who also has 19 homers, injects some more power into the team’s inconsistent offense this season. Ramos is expected to return from the disabled list at the end of the month.

Asdrubel Cabrera, who joined the team from the Mets at the trading deadline, had driven six RBIs in the last six games leading into Saturday night’s game.

At the time of this writing, the Phillies hadn’t made a roster move to activate Bour. They also activated J.P. Crawford back into the mix.

The Phillies could add another player to their bench as they have kept only four players on their bench the majority of the season.

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