Two infielders for the Philadelphia Phillies have been phenomenal through the first eight games of the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Second baseman Chase Utley and third baseman Michael Young have put on quite the display at the plate, while also fielding their positions well.
Utley, who has spent all 10 years in the big leagues with the Phillies, is off to one of the best starts of his career. The 34-year-old is batting .345 with one home run, a team-high seven RBI, two doubles, one triple, six runs, four walks and three stolen bases in 29 at-bats.
Utley is not alone in hitting for average so far this season. Young also is batting .345 with one homer, three RBI, one double, one triple, four walks and four runs in 29 at-bats. The 36-year-old made his Major League debut with the Texas Rangers in 2000, and has spent every season prior to 2013 with the ball club. However, Philadelphia is certainly thrilled they were able to trade for him this past offseason.
Young played a big part in the 8-3 victory over the New York Mets Tuesday night. The right-handed batter went 3-for-4 with one home run, two RBI and two runs. In fact, after hitting a single in the second inning, a homer in the third and a triple in the fourth, Young was a double shy of hitting for the cycle.
It should be pointed out that Young has historically been a good defensive third baseman. He is proving that statement correct as he has a perfect fielding percentage in 21 total chances this year.
Even though the Phillies have only been victorious in three of their eight games in 2013, who knows where they would be without the dominance of Utley and Young.