Earlier this season, the Philadelphia Phillies looked lost at the center field position. Manager Joe Girardi was trying every combination to get his center fielders involved in the offense, but had no success. That is until Odubel Herrera was called up. Let's see how Herrera has brought consistency to the center field position in Philadelphia.
On Monday, April 26, 2021, Philadelphia made a series of roster moves, the most notable being Herrera's call up. In 2019, served an 85-game suspension for breaking the league's domestic violence policy. People were calling for the Phillies to cut him since the domestic violence incident was made public. The Phillies decided to keep him, and it was time for "El Torito" to bring his infectious energy to a Phillies club who were desperately in need of a spark.
Herrera did not record his first hit until his fifth game, and did not get his batting average above the Mendoza line until May 11th, where Herrera went 2-3 with 2 doubles in a 5-2 extra inning win over the Washington Nationals. Herrera's early struggles concerned many of the Philadelphia faithful, but not Girardi. Girardi believed that Herrera's first breakout game of the season was a combination of both Herrera working with Philadelphia's hitting coach, Joe Dillion, and getting an opportunity to play more consistently.
Since May 11, 2021, Herrera has looked more comfortable in the field of play and has impacted the game offensively and defensively. Herrera is batting .371 since May 11th and has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games. Herrera also is 1 of the 3 Philadelphia starters who has not committed an error yet this season, the others being Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto. Today, Philadelphia is engaging in an inter league battle against the Boston Red Sox, who enter today with the third highest winning percentage in the league at 61 percent (28-18). Let's see if Herrera can bounce back from his hitless performance in the first game of the series and lead his squad to a much-needed win.