With not much to look forward to this offseason, fans clamored about the blossoming Phillies bullpen. Nearly everyone called it a strength and many thought it would be one of the best in baseball. There are plenty of games remaining to be played, but in the early going, the Phils relief corps have been disastrous.
Just how bad? I'll tell you...
4 out of the 7 bullpen members' WHIP ranks in the bottom 20 of all MLB for relief pitchers.
*Rank out of 169
Jake Diekman - 2.44 (167th)
Dustin McGowan - 1.80 (155th)
Justin DeFratus - 1.78 (154th)
Jeanmar Gomez - 1.75 (151st)
Overall, Philadelphia relievers rank dead last in all of baseball in terms of WHIP (1.61). They've allowed 106 baserunners via hit or walk in 65.2 innings. This isn't just a problem, it's a PROBLEM!