In midst of the Phillies' struggles, centerfielder Ben Revere finds himself in the race for the National League batting crown.
Revere entered Monday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Seattle Mariners ranked second in the NL in batting with a .314 average. Colorado's Justin Morneau was the leader at .323.
Revere insists he isn't consumed with the idea of being in a batting race.
"Honestly, I don't pay much attention," he said before the game. "As long as I can help the team win, that is the main thing."
He said giving a potential batting title much thought would be a recipe for disaster.
"If you start thinking about 1/8it3/8, that is when you will start struggling," he said. "People have brought it up to me, but I am taking it one game at a time ..."
Revere has been on a sustained run. Since June 26, he leads all major-league players with 70 hits and a .376 average. And he's doing this with a gimpy, surgically repaired right ankle.
There are two screws in the ankle that will be removed sometime after the season. He said it is painful when he decelerates.
"I don't worry about it much because it can't get worse," Revere said. "It is going to be aggravating, but luckily I am not worried too much and I am able to keep my focus on the game."
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