Herrera is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Herrera had started 16 straight games after sitting twice in the opening five. His hot start (.329/.369/.456) is giving him one of the few true everyday roles in the Phillies' lineup, but he'll still get the occasional day off. He sits Tuesday as the Phillies face a tough lefty in Robbie Ray, with Aaron Altherr playing center field in his place.
Herrera leads all major-league outfielders with four 4-star plays (balls with a 26 to 50 percent likelihood of being caught according to Statcast) so far this season. He's already recorded four defensive runs saved, matching his total from last season. That stellar defense won't benefit owners in most fantasy leagues, but it will provide one more reason for manager Gabe Kapler to keep Herrera in the lineup every game. Herrera's hot bat (.338/.380/.473 through 19 games) is reason enough for him to remain in the lineup every day for now, but even once that falls back to earth, his glove should keep him largely immune from the Phillies' policy of heavily rotating their hitters.
Herrera went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI in Friday's 2-1 win over the Pirates.
He's now hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, and Herrera has eight multi-hit games in his last 14 to boost his slash line to .343/.387/.486. The Phillies outfield remains crowded with five quality hitters jockeying for playing time, but Herrera's current form has made it impossible for manager Gabe Kapler to take him out of the lineup.
Herrera went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored Thursday against the Pirates.
Herrera continued to swing a hot bat Thursday, extending his hitting streak to four-games. Now in the lineup regularly, he has also recorded at least one hit in eight of his past 10 games and thrived in his spot in the lineup sandwiched between Carlos Santana and Rhys Hoskins. Though it's early, he's gotten on base at a .380 clip, which has been backed up by him chasing fewer pitches outside the strike zone. If that were to continue, he should solidify his role in a prime spot in the Phillies' lineup.
New manager Gabe Kapler likes to rotate his lineup heavily, and early in the year it appeared that Herrera would not be immune to that rotation, despite his objections. It now appears that Kapler views Herrera as an everyday player. The oufielder has rewarded his manager's faith by going on a tear to start the season, hitting .340/.397/.491 through 58 plate appearances. His .405 BABIP suggests that he's been getting rather lucky, though he's always been a high BABIP guy, with a career .361 figure, so don't expect that number to fall all the way down to league average (usually around .300). The 26-year-old has cut his strikeout rate by five percentage points while adding three percentage points to his walk rate, indicating that he's made real and potentially lasting improvements at the plate.
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|2012||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||126||500||72||142||22||6||5||46||33||99||27||7||.335||.382||.284|
|2013||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||29||95||13||28||2||1||1||5||16||19||2||2||.398||.368||.295|
|2014||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||29||111||26||33||3||1||0||11||23||21||9||3||.412||.342||.297|
|2017||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||1||2||2||2||0||0||1||2||1||--||0||0||1.000||2.500||1.000|
|2017||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||1||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||--||--||0||0||.250||.250||.250|