Obudel Herrera does a lot of things right. He occasionally shows a few things that he doesn’t do right and last night we saw both sides of that spectrum.
There was a very slow roller hit to the pitcher who fielded it and wasn’t in a hurry to get the ball to first, and the score was tied 4-4 in the top of the 7th. At the same moment, Odubel Herrera acted like he would take the same approach to getting to first base, he jogged as he watched the play unfold, perhaps if he had gone full speed, he may have made it to first.
We used to see another player do that quite often on the Phillies. Many times we saw some of the same speed to first base on certain plays, he earned the nickname, J-Stroll. When asked about it, he said, you’re not going to be running full speed on every play. Of course that player was one of the Phillies best shortstops, Jimmy Rollins. Should you run full speed on everything?, maybe not, but the plays that you don’t are very easy to spot from both a fan’s seat or the player’s bench. Pete Mackanin didn’t miss this one, and Odubel took a seat late in the game.
Coming into this game, the Phillies ran into a hot Tigers roll, they were 5-1 in their current home stand. The Tigers also own the 2nd best interleague record of any AL team, the stand now at 121-75, Boston has the best record at 123-67.
The Phils try it again tonight, a lot of the team’s games against the NL East have been played, hopefully they don’t start sinking here when they are playing the teams outside of the division.