After their peculiar 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10, 11-11, 12-12, and 13-13 records so far this season, the Philadelphia Phillies find themselves one game ahead for the lead in the National League East heading into Saturday’s game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park.
As the club heads into May, pressing questions surround the team — such as whether center field will be figured out, and if the offense get back on track. Although the Phillies won 2-1 on Friday, their offense went just 3-for-28 with 12 strikeouts tonight. Both their runs scored on a passed ball strikeout.
Here are some storylines to follow in the second month of the 2021 season.
The complex Phillies centerfield situation remains an issue.
The Phillies have started several different center fielders so far. None have been able to perform. Adam Haseley had just a 19 OPS+, before he left the team. Roman Quinn, meanwhile, has only a 6 OPS+.
If you thought calling up guys would help, you were mistaken. Mickey Moniak — who put up the best performance at the position so far, just isn’t quite ready for the majors with a 27 OPS+. Remember, this is the best production we have gotten — more than 70 points below the average hitter.
Odubel Herrera was the next call-up and while it is too early to judge, he has recorded just one hit through 14 at-bats. Scott Kingery has even come in during games, more as a defensive replacement or pinch hitter. However, like Herrera, he only has one hits (through six at-bats).
The Phillies have pretty much used every internal option and have gotten essentially a zero return on investment. Could a trade happen in May? It is very possible.