By Sam Bush
The Phillies, who started the season 5-1, have crashed to 6-5 and into second place in the NL East, percentage points behind the Mets who doused them in a doubleheader last night.
And the position that is getting the most criticism is center field.
Odubel Herrera hasn’t played in a big league game since he was arrested in May 2019 in connection with a domestic violence incident in Atlantic City. Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said before the season that Herrera, who served an 85-game suspension last season, needs more at-bats to be consistent.
Roman Quinn and Adam Haseley are both struggling — Quinn was thrown out trying to steal third base to end the fifth inning of yesterday’s Game 1.
In the fifth inning of Game 2 Haseley misjudged a line drive and it fell in front of him for a single. Instead of two outs and a runner on first, the Mets now had runners at first and second with one out. New York would score three runs that inning enroute to a 4-0 victory.
“I’m going to have to look at it on video,” Girardi said when asked if he thought Haseley could have caught Pillar’s hit. “I think he had a shot at it.”
Haseley is hitting .190 (4 for 21) with a .190 on-base percentage and a .238 slugging percentage, and Quinn is batting .059 (1 for 17) with a .238 on-base percentage and a .059 slugging percentage.
“Right now these are the guys we have,” Girardi said of Haseley and Quinn., “Obviously there are guys down in Lehigh Valley that are trying to get up here. If we felt they were ready, they would be here.”