Odubel Herrera's abysmal start to his 2021 season can be metaphorized (yes, that's a word) in a number of ways. A dumpster fire. A train wreck. A foot stuck in a fence?
Ah. That last one actually turned out not to be a metaphor. That actually happened... but more on that later (full video below). Herrera wasn't in the game to begin with, as Roman Quinn got the start in center field against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. In Quinn's first at-bat of the night, however, a pitch drilled him in the hand as he attempted to lay down a bunt — which is seemingly another metaphor for how the center field position's performance this year — and left him with a "pretty deep gash," according to Quinn himself. Surprisingly, he got back in the batter's box and lofted a soft single into left field later in the at-bat, but the injury was ultimately too much for him to play through.
"This is very frustrating because I feel like I was starting to get my rhythm," Quinn said (via Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia). "I feel like every time I start to get my rhythm, something freakish happens that throws me back even more."
He'll likely head back to the IL after going 4-12 in the last five games that he played, and the Phillies' center field dilemma will continue. It was Herrera, then, who got a chance on Tuesday night, and he didn't exactly impress. He went 0-2 with a strikeout, bringing his slash line to .083/.120/.083 in 25 plate appearances on the year. In case you missed it above, or repressed that memory, he also got his foot stuck in a fence.
And when he had a chance to redeem himself in the field with an opportunity to make a diving catch on a line drive in the top of the ninth, he came up short. Better luck next time.
The Phillies, despite a game that seemed to be spiraling toward a loss after a hot start — and a game in which Oladipo's blunder wasn't the only one to remember — held on to a 6-5 victory over the Brew Crew and are in first place in the NL Least (can we start calling it that yet?) with a 15-15 record.