September 9, 2013 |
Standing in the Phillies dugout hours before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Atlanta Braves, pitching coach Rich Dubee made one of the least surprising announcements. Dubee said Phillies righthander Ethan Martin would be moved to the bullpen for the rest of the season and that Tyler Cloyd would take his place in the rotation. "His stuff has played phenomenally well the first time through a lineup," Dubee said. "Again, I don't know if it is because of fatigue, if he burns up too much energy, but his stuff shortens up the second and third time through.
September 8, 2013 |
THE PHILLIES have seen enough out of Ethan Martin to believe he will be an important piece of next year's roster. That might sound strange, given the 23 earned runs, eight home runs and 21 walks he has allowed in 30 innings over seven starts. But as of yesterday, the Phillies are no longer handling Martin as a starter. During batting practice, pitching coach Rich Dubee informed reporters that the hard-throwing righthander would move to the bullpen, a place where many talent evaluators had long assumed he would end up. Tyler Cloyd will start for the foreseeable future, but this move is all about transitioning Martin, 24, to the bullpen.
September 7, 2013
The Phillies' team ERA for starters and relievers: Starters 2011: 2.86 (1st in MLB) 2012: 3.82 (10th) 2013: 4.29 (21st) The bullpen 2011: 3.45 (8th) 2012: 3.94 (21st) 2013: 4.31 (28th)
September 4, 2013 |
FOR SEVEN innings, Cole Hamels was as sharp and as efficient as he has been at any point this season. And then he was gone. After just 87 pitches. In a game that was tied. With a bullpen that would throw more balls in the final two innings than Hamels threw all night. Nothing to see here, the pitcher said after the Phillies pulled out a 3-2 win over the Nationals with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. The official word from manager Ryne Sandberg was that Hamels showed signs of trouble during his bullpen session before the start of the game, which prompted him to keep a close eye on the lefty throughout the night.
August 26, 2013 |
With every 98-m.p.h. Jake Diekman fastball, the Phillies want to believe in the process. They see a young lefthanded reliever harnessing the sort of talent Michael Young described as "unfair" after a batting practice session during spring training. They see a pitcher unafraid to throw strikes; an arm that could emerge from the muck of a lost season. This is what a spectacular 10 days will do for a Phillies reliever. Diekman is thriving in a zero-pressure environment. If he fails, there is no demotion to follow because the games are meaningless and Diekman represents a glimmer of something.
August 9, 2013 |
IT WAS THE KIND of outcome that has typified this Phillies season. Despite seven strong innings from Cole Hamels and a game-tying, pinch-hit single from Chase Utley, the Phillies dropped a 5-2 decision to the Cubs last night as their beleaguered bullpen allowed three runs in the top of the ninth inning. On a day when Utley and his longtime employer agreed to a multiyear contract extension, the fans at Citizens Bank Park were reminded of the litany of holes that must be filled around the second baseman.
July 29, 2013 |
By now, we all have trade-deadline fatigue. For the last two months the debate has raged about how the Phillies should conduct their business before the Wednesday deadline that allows teams to make trades without players first going through the waiver process. The key to all of this is how general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. views his job and, in one sentence, he has summed up his role on numerous occasions. "My job," he has said, "is to make sure we are contenders every year.
July 23, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Phillies righthander Roy Halladay threw his first bullpen session since undergoing shoulder surgery on May 15. According to Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, Halladay threw 20 pitches, all fastballs. The session was on Sunday morning, hours before the Phillies' 5-0 loss to the New York Mets at Citi Field. Dubee won't set a timetable for Halladay's return, but he said he was encouraged by what he saw. "It's a start," Dubee said. "He will determine how fast he will go by how he is feeling and as we increase reps.