Despite the loss last night, a real refreshing story coming out is the work of Scott Eyre.
In seven games with the Phillies, Eyre has worked 7.2 innings, giving up three hits and a walk, but striking out nine.
In the past two days, Eyre has been called upon to get big outs against both left-handed and right-handed bats. He has responded, and then some. His slider is pretty nasty, and he complements that with an average fastball and changeup combination. He’s not unlike Brad Lidge, just without the velocity and intimidation.
Most of all, seeing Eyre work last night showed me the importance of a second lefty in the bullpen. It’s nice having a guy who can get one or two big outs against lefty bats in tight situations, then turning to the other guy when those bats come up once more.