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The Phillies’ Closer

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Over the past two months, various closer’s role ideas have been thrown around because Brad Lidge has become ineffective. First, it was setup man Ryan Madson, who did not succeed in the high pressure situations. After that, it was back to Lidge, who continued to be inconsistent. Earlier this month, lefty Scott Eyre pitched through the first two outs of the ninth against the Atlanta Braves. After giving up a double to catcher Brian McCann, Eyre was pulled and Lidge recorded the final out.

For a short while, Lidge showed signs of regaining his composure. Although, he again slipped up. This leads to about two weeks ago, where manager Charlie Manuel went into closer by committee mode. Again, Ryan Madson was given opportunities, along with Brett Myers and Lidge. Madson blew a save, Myers didn’t exactly blow anyone away, and Lidge was still inconsistent.

Brad LidgeNow we are here, the day after the Phillies bullpen blew a three run lead over the last two innings. Brad Lidge blew his 11th save of the year, and the Phillies ended up losing the series to Florida. With nine games to go, Philadelphia is almost a lock to make the playoffs. However, their bullpen may be the worst of any team heading into the postseason. 

I have been a preacher this entire season of loyalty to Lidge, especially because what he did for this team last season. Unfortunately, it has gotten to the point that you cannot keep putting him out there. Even worse, the Phillies have nearly zero options to replace him. Going through every possibility, we start at Lidge. Not an option. Ryan Madson hasn’t succeeded in the role, and is better in the eighth inning. Not an option. Left J.C. Romero is still injured with a strained right forearm, and there is no telling for when he would return. Although, Romero would be the most likely choice for Manuel to throw out there, but his injury counts him out. Chan Ho Park would be another great option at this point, but his strained hamstring may keep him out until the NLCS.

The more unlikely candidates are Tyler Walker, Chad Durbin, and Clay Condrey. Walker has closed before, but just doesn’t seem like a shut down guy for the post season. Durbin has received the nickname “Home Run Durbin” this season, which is why he cannot close games. Condrey is also not a shut down pitcher. Even more surprising, I read a column today about the possibility of J.A. Happ closing games. I don’t see that happening, for he doesn’t exactly have electric stuff, and has proven to been a great starter. This all leads me to two names.

Pedro Martinez and Jamie Moyer.

Let me start with Moyer, who is the least likely of the two. Just picture Cole Hamels pitching seven strong innings with his 93 MPH fastball. Then Ryan Madson blows through batters in the eighth with a 97 MPH fastball. Finally, Jamie Moyer comes in and throws…..82 MPH? Moyer would keep batters off balance. After seeing hard heaters all game, Moyer’s change of pace would be interesting to try in the ninth inning.

On the other hand, Pedro Martinez has the perfect mentality of a closer. HePedro Martinezis scared of nothing, and no one while he is on the mound. Not to mention, Martinez is willing to close. He even said so when he signed with the Phillies. Also, at his age Martinez isn’t throwing as hard as he used to. Although, he is starting, and is stretching out his velocity over a hundred pitches. As a closer, Martinez may be able to light the gun up to 95 MPH, and blow batters away again. Even better, Pedro Martinez has tons of big game experience. Right now, he looks like the best option that the Phillies have right now, and if they want to repeat, they need to be able to close games out.

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Pitching Overload?

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The Philadelphia Phillies are on a roll. Having won ten straight and extending their division lead to 6.5 games over Atlanta, they seem to be on top of the world with everything in place. Although, the rumors of Roy Halladay are still swirling and recent signing Pedro Martinez is making some people ask questions. Do the Phillies have too much pitching? Where will Pedro pitch?

Right now, the Phillies’ starting rotation consists of Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ, Joe Blanton, Jamie Moyer, and Rodrigo Lopez. When Pedro rehabs, and if he is major league ready, the most likely pitcher to lose his spot is Lopez. Right now though, Lopez is 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA, and the Phillies have won everyone of his starts. There is no way they could remove him from the rotation if he stays on this roll. Next option for replacement would be Jamie Moyer, who has put up less than stellar numbers this season, although he is beginning to come around. Moyer would have to be moved to the bullpen if Martinez entered the rotation, which will just not happen.

Another discussed option is putting Pedro in the bullpen. Martinez was the closer for the Dominican Republic, and during his introductory press conference, stressed that he would do the same. The Phillies already have a closer, Brad Lidge, so Martinez would have to be more of a middle reliever. The feeling is that it would not go over well with Pedro, so that is another risky option.

Another pitcher hoping to comeback with the Phils is starter Brett Myers. He was believed to be lost for the season when he had hip surgery in June, but Myers is ahead of schedule and could return as a reliever. Brett excelled in this role back in 2007, saving 21 games for the Phillies. It is also known that manager Charlie Manuel loves relievers that can come into the game firing. If Myers does come back, who’s roster spot does he take? Eric Bruntlett has been struggling all season, but is a super utility man. Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. has been serviceable for the Phillies this year, but they are carrying five outfielders.

What I believe should happen is if the Phillies have extended their division to lead to about ten games over the second place team, why not use a six-man rotation? It’ll be the dog days of summer by August, and this will allow everyone to be rested for the postseason. With Myers, I believe the Phillies should send down outfielder John Mayberry Jr. He could use some more seasoning down at AAA Lehigh Valley.

Ruben Amaro Jr. has a lot to work out over the next few months, but isn’t the old saying ” If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?Ruben Amaro Jr.

Pedro attempting a comeback with the Phils?

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The Philadelphia Phillies appear desperate. In search of starting pitching, and while the rumors of a trade for Roy Halladay are swirling, at least five members of the Phils’ front office is watching Pedro Martinez pitch in the Dominican Republic.Pedro

The past two seasons have been largely ineffective for Pedro. In that time span, he’s gone 8-7 in only 137 innings pitched. In fact, the last year in which Pedro pitched like Pedro was in 2005, when he went 15-8 with an ERA of 2.82. Four years removed from that time, Pedro has been training in the Dominican, waiting for a team to come calling. It appears that the Phillies could be that team.

The Phils, who have had one of the worst starting rotation’s ERA in the majors this season, have been decimated by injuries. Brett Myers is expected to be lost for the season with hip surgery. His replacement, Antonio Bastardo, is now on the DL with an arm injury. The Phils dug deeper into their minor league pool, and called up former big leaguer Rodrigo Lopez. Lopez, who hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2007, had two effective starts for Philadelphia. He had to be pulled from his last start with shoulder tendinitis, but he is expected to make his next start. Even if Lopez went on the DL, the Phillies still have much depth in their minor league system. Former big leaguer Kyle Kendrick was sent down to work on his confidence and develop a change up. He has been average at Triple A, but still a viable option. Alongside him is top prospect, Carlos Carrasco, who has been streaky so far this season. Even deeper into the system, two number one picks, Joe Savery and Kyle Drabek, have been tearing it up at Double A Reading. Savery has won 10 games, and Drabek has owned opposing hitters since being called up from Clearwater.

Outside the team, the Phillies have been actively looking for a starter not named Pedro. Roy Halladay has been mentioned in many rumors, but the Phils would have to give up top prospects, such as Drabek and Carrasco. They would have Halladay for the next one and a half years, but it seems unlikely that the Phils would be willing to mortgage their future. Personally, I look for the Phillies to continue their recent trend in the past years, and go under the radar to pick up a starter. Seattle’s Jarrod Washburn and Boston’s Brad Penny fit the bill. Although neither would fill the void at the top of the rotation next to Cole Hamels, it seems like the best option for the Phils. Unless Pedro still has some magic left in his right arm, don’t expect him to sign, or make much of an impact if he does.