Sunday, April 30, 2017

I Hate the 9th Inning

Relief - a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress.

The 9th inning is a problem for the Phillies. A wasteland where seemingly quality relief pitchers go to die. If a loss is Hell then the 9th inning is the River Styx for the Phils.

Jeanmar Gomez began the season as closer and failed. Next in line was Joaquin Benoit, who also failed. Now Hector Neris. Once again, FAIL.

Collectively the Phillies bullpen has been the worst in the 9th inning onward this season, owning an 8.38 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP due to 9 homeruns allowed and a .321 average and 1.054 OPS against. Is the opposition batting Mike Trout, Eric Thames, and Ryan Zimmerman against them?!

This 2017 Phillies team is flawed and I don't have illusions of contention. However, any team, rebuilding or playoff bound, cannot continue to endure such suffering.

Maybe Mackanin should throw Mark Leiter Jr. into the fire. Couldn't do much worse...


Bob D said...

I'm glad that you started this off with the definition of relief. Now we know what to look for.

Bob D said...

Garcia sent down, meaning Leiter will stay for now. Nola will not be ready to be activated right away so Pivetta may get a 2nd start too.

Leiter may just end up as closer after all

Bob D said...

Neris on April 20th 0.00 ERA in 8 innings 2 hits 1 walk total
April 21 3 hits, 1hr, 1 run
April 23 2 hits, 1 run, 2 walks
April 26 2 hits, 1 run
April 27 0 hits, 0 runs
April 29 4 hits, 3 hrs, 4 runs

4 of last 5 games have been clunkers

Pat said...

Yeah, I'm thinking the Phillies should toss one of the young guys in the ninth. Mark Leiter. Whomever.

None of the guys who have been used have gotten the job done. YOu gotta figure this team has two -maybe three- more wins if the bullpen was adequate in the ninth.

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