With a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning off of the Giants’ Jeff Samardzija, Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera extended his streak of reaching base safely to 36 games.
According to Baseball Reference, it’s the 19th streak of that length or longer by a Phillies batter dating back to 1908. Mike Schmidt holds the club record at 56 games. The most recent streak by a Phillie, prior to Herrera’s, of 30-plus games was by Darin Ruf, who reached in 33 consecutive games from September 25, 2012 through August 6, 2013.
After his homer on Monday, Herrera is batting .339/.396/.512 with four homers, 18 RBI, and 17 runs scored in 134 plate appearances. He’s also been worth over one Win Above Replacement already, ranking him among the league’s top-ten outfielders along with teammate Rhys Hoskins.
Update: Herrera homered again in the sixth inning to make it a 10-0 lead for the Phillies over the Giants. His slash line is now .341/.401/.537 with five homers, 20 RBI, and 19 runs scored.
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.
He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.
It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.
However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.