The Phillies should look long and hard at bringing in a veteran outfielder
The Phillies centerfield woes have become the primary focus of the 2021 season. I knew the situation was bad, but when I heard Tom McCarthy and John Kruk talking about it on the broadcast last night, I had to crunch the numbers for myself. We have gone through Adam Haseley, Mickey Moniak, Roman Quinn, and now with no other options left, Odubel Herrera is getting his shot.
- Adam Haseley: 2/18 .111 0-HR 0-RBI (April 1st, April 4th)
- Mickey Moniak: 3/22 1-HR 3-RBI (April 20th, 21st, 25th)
- Roman Quinn: 2/28 .065. 0-HR 0-RBI (April 9th, April 23rd)
- Odubel Herrera: 0/3 .000 0-HR 0-RBI
- Totals: 7/71 .098 1-HR 3-RBI
I’m calling it…We are officially approaching the 2018 Flyers goaltending ineptitude territory. That’s the season when the Flyers collection of goalies had the worst performance in the history of the NHL. When the Orange and Black eventually fired GM Ron Hextall, it was no secret that his inability to acquire a competent netminder was the reason.
Great! The Phillies should definitely fire their GM right?
Oh wait…they already did that when they let go of Matt Klentak following 2020, for among other reasons, assembling the worst bullpen since the early 1930s. Klentak looks worse every single day. It’s a crime that the 2021 Phillies are so thin, while simultaneously having the 7th highest payroll in baseball and pushing up against the luxury tax.
Unless the Phillies make a trade or one of their existing options in center deviates back to the mean, this could end up keeping them outside of the playoff picture. I couldn’t find any historical reference for the worst performance from a position group in MLB history. But I am assuming the Phils CF production in the month of April would rank near the bottom of the list.
The Phillies should look hard at bringing in a veteran outfielder whether through free agency or a trade.
Josh Reddick; formerly of the cheating Houston Astros is a free agent. Yes, Reddick is 34 and probably better suited to playing a corner outfield position at this point of his career. But did you forget about the statistics that I provided for you earlier in the article already? Here they are again just in case you forgot.
Phillies CF = 7/71 .098 1-HR 3-RBI
So let me ask you again: Can I interest you in Josh Reddick?
Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY SPORTS