Herrera feels most comfortable hitting leadoff

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Herrera feels he is at his best when he’s leading off the Phillies’ lineup, though, and he got the chance on Sunday against the Brewers.

“Yeah, yeah, that’s important to me,” Herrera said.

Why?

“Because I think that’s my spot,” he continued. “That’s my game. I think in that position I can help the team win.”

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin had Herrera back in the leadoff spot Sunday afternoon, and it makes sense. After a terrible May dropped Herrera’s batting average to .218 and his OPS to .589, Herrera has hit .317 with 15 doubles, one triple, five home runs, 18 RBIs and an .887 OPS. His OPS is 49th out of 163 qualified hitters since June 1. It is the best mark on the team.

“I didn’t think about baseball at all,” Herrera said about the All-Star break. “At least I tried not to. I even avoided watching baseball on TV. I knew those were four days I had to be on vacation. I wanted to have them for my own time and forget about baseball and forget about what happened in the first half.”

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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