Franco went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 14-3 rout of the Mets. With Rhys Hoskins (ankle) banged up a bit, Franco slid over to first base for the first time this season, but the new position did nothing to slow him down at the plate. He's now slashing .259/.385/.630 through 16 games with six homers and 17 RBI, but with Scott Kingery swinging an even hotter bat right now, Franco could eventually begin to lose the occasional start.
Franco is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Franco started the first 13 games of the season at third base and has an impressive .256/.407/.581 slash line in 54 plate appearances. Most encouragingly, the 26-year-old has a 20.4 percent walk rate, which -- while clearly unsustainable for a full season -- blows his career high of 7.9 percent out of the water. Franco walked only 29 times in 465 plate appearances last season. Scott Kingery enters the lineup at third base for the Phillies, batting seventh.
Franco went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and a pair of runs in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals. Franco hit a solo shot off Stephen Strasburg to tie the game in the third inning. He later singled and scored on a Jean Segura triple in the fourth. Franco could potentially help the Phillies more if he were batting higher up than eighth, but the team is unlikely to want to mess with a good thing, as he's hit .294/.442/.706 with four homers in 10 games out of the spot this season.
Franco went 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk and three RBI in Saturday's victory over the Braves. Franco remains stuck in the eighth spot in the lineup, but he won't be there for long if he can keep up this level of performance. He hit a two-run shot to drive Bryse Wilson from the game in the fourth inning and added an insurance run with an RBI single in the eighth.
Franco went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and a walk in Thursday's opener against Atlanta. Franco extended the Phillies' lead to five in the sixth inning with a three-run blast to left, his first home run of the 2019 campaign. The 26-year-old has clubbed 20-plus homers in each of the previous three seasons and should certainly have a chance to do so again in 2019, assuming he stays healthy.
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