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.
Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.
In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.
Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.
Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.