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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)
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September 4, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
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.
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August 26, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 9, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
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.
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July 29, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 23, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 23, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Not too long ago, everybody in Philadelphia was yelling, "Sell, sell, sell. " A few weeks later, it seems as if the general consensus agrees with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. to buy, buy, buy. With Philadelphia in striking distance of Atlanta and sitting in second place in the NL East, the team might be buyers after all. The biggest need remains the search for help in the bullpen, the same need the team has had all...
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July 4, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - It has been a long time since the Phillies had Pirates envy. Pittsburgh's last winning baseball season - 1992 - turned 21 this year, and when a team strings together that many clunkers, it can drive fans to drink. Halfway through the season, however, the PNC Park patrons are overcome with joy about a Pirates team that entered this three-game series against the Phillies with a nine-game winning streak and the best record in baseball. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has been impressed with the Bucs, particularly their bullpen.
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June 24, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
MIKE ADAMS and Mike Stutes will spend most of the next couple of weeks together on the disabled list, further compounding the problems for a bullpen that ranks last in the National League with a 4.67 ERA. That leaves rookie Justin De Fratus as the likely go-to righthander in pressure situations, although he was joined by newly called-up righty J.C. Ramirez yesterday and could gain another counterpart when the Phillies make a move to replace Stutes on...
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