Review: Taguchi started the last game of the season and went 3-5. But if you forget that game, he was hitless in September. He was also hitless in August. He was also hitless in the playoffs, too. For the majority of the season, So Taguchi was hitless. But he hung around and got himself a ring. Good for So.
Memorable Moment: July 22nd, Shea Stadium, Phils down 5-3, bases loaded, one out, So Taguchi at the plate...Taguchi looks sick at the first few pitches, falling behind in the count...until he closes his eyes, throws his bat at a pitch and hits a two-run double to right. So ends So Tachuchi's contribution to the 2009 Philiies.
Preview: He's gone.
Review: Condrey did not have good numbers in 2008. His ERA was an acceptable 3.56, but his WHIP (1.51) and BAA (.302) were substandard. But he is the middle innings guy, so as long as he goes out there and doesn't completely suck, no one complains.
Memorable Moment: In a game on August 26th against the Mets, Condrey relieved Jamie Moyer after the 3rd inning with the Phils down 6-0. The teams traded runs in the fourth so when Condrey came to plate in the bottom of the 5th, the score was a daunting 7-1. Undeterred, Condrey smacked a double down the left field line off of Pedro Martinez. It was the spark the Phils needed. Rollins homered, Utley walked, and Howard homered. Suddenly the game was a manageable 7-5. After 13 innings, the Phils pulled out an 8-7 win.
Preview: Condrey is eligible for salary arbitration, so he'll be a cheap option to work the middle innings. The Phils may try to upgrade the pen, but they'll likely still keep Condrey around. There isn't much sense in spending a bunch of money on a mop-up man.
Review: After the first two months of the season, Coste was hitting well over .300. But then things took a turn for the worse. Coste never hit better than .267 in any remaining month and hit well below .200 in the combined months of July and September.
In the end, Coste accumulated the most at-bats (274) in a season in this three year career but had his lowest average (.263).
Coste barely played in September and that trend carried over into the postseason. He got a pinch single in a loss to the Dodgers and went 0-4 as a DH in Game 1 of the World Series. He didn't play in the last four games of the World Series.
Memorable Moment: In the game I described above where Clay Condrey started the Phillies comeback against the Mets, Coste finished it with a bases loaded single to the centerfield wall in the 13th inning.
Preview: Chris Coste is a solid player and his rise to the majors is nothing short of remarkable. In three years with the Phils, he continually made positive contributions to the team and has endeared himself to all Phillies fans. However, his days in Philly are numbered. Coste will be 36 at the start of spring training and his numbers, while not horrible, are trending down.
Lou Marson, if he's not the catcher of the future, is at least the backup catcher of the future. And given that Marson was up with the big club in September, the future could be now. There is still the possibility that the Phils break camp with Ruiz/Coste and Marson heads to Lehigh Valley, but since Ruiz is so firmly settled as the number one, I think Marson takes Coste's spot and Chris is released or traded.