Is it time for Gabe Kapler to make a change in center field?
Since the all-star break Odubel Herrera has really struggled. He is batting .237, with a .663 OPS and only a .297 on-base percentage. He has hit just 3 homers and only driven in 10 runs.
Even worse, in the month of August he is batting .184 with zero home runs and RBIs, and only one extra base hit. He hasn't hit a home run since July 27th in Cincinnati.
The Phillies biggest issue is consistency at the plate, and Odubel is the most egregious offender.
When he's hot he's one of the best players in the National League.
Example: June 14th-22nd
He went 17/36 (.472 avg) with 6 home runs, 10 RBIs, and 11 runs scored.
The Phillies were 6-2 in that span, with wins over the Brewers, Rockies, Cardinals and Nationals.
When he's cold he's one of the worst players in the National League.
Example: August 10th- 19th
He started 7 games and went 5/26 (.192) with zero extra base hits, runs scored, and RBIs.
The Phillies went 2-5 in games he started with losses against the Red Sox (excusable), Mets and Padres.
We can look at this Odubel situation one of two ways...
1. He needs to be in the lineup because he is due to get hot.
2. The Phillies don't have time for Odubel to work through his issues, and Roman Quinn needs to play.
Quinn has looked good in limited at-bats. He has gone 12/40 (.293) with 3 doubles, a triple, and 4 stolen bases.
It's looking Kapler is leaning toward Quinn getting more time. He has already moved Herrera down in the order as low as 8th on Sunday night.
I can't say I blame him.
Odubel is just too hot and cold. He batted .236 for the month of June, .253 for July and now .184 so far in August. This isn't a new problem. If the Phillies had more consistency in their lineup, then they could maybe wait for Herrera to get hot, but unfortunately they don't.
This offense needs some sort of spark. Maybe Quinn can provide it.
Now watch Odubel go 4-4, 2 homers, and 6 RBIS tonight!