Odubel Herrera might benefit from a benching, or even more
Nothing looks good when Odubel Herrera, an outfielder the Phillies gave a five-year contract to, steps to the plate. His at-bats are undisciplined, his swings unrefined, and his plate discipline nonexistent.
It was extremely curious when Pete Mackanin said Herrera needed to hit out of his slump, while Franco needed to sit two games to collect his thoughts. Both are similar in the thought of their youth and early failures this season.
With Howie Kendrick expected to return from an oblique injury, Herrera is expected to sit for an extended period of time. Aaron Altherr is likely to start in center field in place of Herrera while Kendrick resumes his position in left.
If Herrera struggles past the point of a general benching, perhaps a wake up call in Lehigh Valley is needed for a Rule 5 pick who jumped into the major leagues.