Mauricio Robles' MLB Debut is Ugly...Like his Control
Quick to the point, to the point, no fakin'...the Phillies bullpen is horrible. True story. As the calendar flipped to September, rosters around Major League Baseball ballooned with expansion open to any player on the 40-man roster. One of the Phils call-ups was Mauricio Robles, a 24 year old lefty with control problems. In 38 innings with the Iron Pigs he walked more batters than he struck out (31 BB, 26 K). However, his ERA did not reflect his wildness (1.42 ERA in Triple-A). Over his 8 minor league seasons, he averaged 5.4 walks per 9 innings, and that's scary. His MLB debut started off nicely with a strikeout, but quickly turned into disaster. In one inning of work, he allowed a walk, two hits, balked, and two unearned runs. So, his ERA stands at 0.00, but people watching the game know better. He will likely falter badly like the other trash of the Phils bullpen has all season long. Amaro must fix the relief problem, or another losing season is sure to repeat in 2014.
Michael Martinez/UTL, Cameron Rupp/C, Cesar Hernandez/UTL, Joe Savery/P, Tyler Cloyd/P, Luis Garcia/P, and Freddy Galvis/UTL joined Robles as September reinforcements.