The Bullpen: It Is What It Is

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, June 21, 2010 03:13 PM | Comments: 58
Analysis, News, Opinion, Posts

I do enjoy that cliche. It really does sum up the Phillies bullpen in so few words, although it’s probably not want you want to hear.

You wan’t to hear that the Phils will trade for an exceptional late-inning arm, that Scott Mathieson will be recalled and turn into Brad Lidge of 2008, and that Brad Lidge of 2010 will also turn back in to Brad Lidge of 2008.  Not happening.

So, it is what it is. You’re stuck with the two guaranteed years Danys Baez has.  You’ll just have to pray he finds his command finds a way to miss bats more often.  You’re going to have to live with Lidge being Lidge.  He’ll give you some really good days (as is evident by his nine straight games without an earned run) and some really bad ones (see: Saturday vs. MIN). Jose Contreras has been quite efficient in his first season as a primary bullpen arm. Nothing to complain about there. J.C. Romero has struggled to find consistency, but is also coming off an elbow issue. Giving him some time to find himself is likely what he needs, although he certainly isn’t the same guy from 2008 either. David Herndon is your Garbage Time Guy. Chad Durbin is consistently pretty good. He’s not great, but he won’t hurt you.

All of those ingredients, including a healthy Ryan Madson, make up a decent group of relief pitchers.  The last few outings have been a coaster ride, but will all bullpen’s it will happen occasionally. The Phillies rank right in the middle of all MLB teams for relief pitchers with a 4.11 ERA. Playoff worthy teams that are in the same boat include the Red Sox (4.18) and Yankees (4.11).

In no way am I apologizing for the job they’ve done recently, however, if you look at the bigger picture, I think you’ll see that this bullpen is just fine. They aren’t outstanding from top to bottom, but they also aren’t as bad as what Saturday showed us.

Avatar of Pat Gallen

About Pat Gallen

Pat Gallen has written 1714 articles on Phillies Nation.

Pat is Editor-in-Chief of Phillies Nation. He also covers the Phils for 97.5 FM in Philly.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    20-1 ?

    With 95 games to play, it’s not that hard to make up 5 games on a team who’s best players are Chipper Jones (hurt every other game and about to retire), Jayson Heyward (super-rookie who has struggled at times), Troy Glaus (who, despite the past month, isn’t actually the best player in baseball), and Brian McCann (who remembered how to hit last week)

    Braves are a good team, and I believe a playoff team … but to say that a team with Rollins, Polanco, Utley, Howard, Werth, Victorino, Ibanez … Halladay and Hamels is at 20-1 odds to make the postseason ?? I’ll take that bet anyday of the week

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Teejvee, if you really aren’t a fan of the Phillies … why do you post on here so much?

    And if you are a fan of the Phillies.. why are you 95% negative? They won the NL EAST, the National League, and even a World Series with a team that, at least on paper, isn’t as good as this one …

    Once they get healthy, the rest of the NL is in trouble .. the Padres and Mets aren’t going to play above their heads all season like this

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Twins are a good team and not to be “discounted” just because they are “small-market”. It’s no surprise that they won 2 of 3 against the Phillies.

    At first, I was hoping for a 2 of 3 Phillies series win. On Saturday, before the bullpen, there was even hope for a sweep.

    But….2 of 3 from the Yankees…in Yankee Stadium…..and 4-5 on the current interleague run. And that’s against 3 of the best teams in the AL.

    They should go AT LEAST 3-3 in the next 6 games against the Indians and Jays…..maybe even 4-2??

    With Rollins coming back soon, Happ, and the Madson to follow….things should start to really take shape.\

    Of course, they have to play the games…….

    Go Phillies!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I dont think anyone is saying anything otherwise about the Twins .. I fully expect them to be the AL CENTRAL champ.. and if they add a front-line starter, they could easily challenge for the American League crown

  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    Right .

    Nobody else has a chance to play as good as they have been but the Phillies are guaranteed to do so, because we all know other players or teams never improve and the Phillies players never get worse.

    Got it.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Didn’t say that .. BUT …. at the begining of the season, when everyone’s healthy … I think we all realized that the Phillies were the best team in NL EAST

    the Braves started slow … we started hot . . then we had a bunch of people get hurt and the Braves got hot … … Braves aren’t going to win 100 games this year, and we aren’t going to struggle to stay just above .500

    But again, it would be better if you just told us all what team is your favorite in MLB instead of just posting on here knocking the Phillies all day long.

  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield


  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    I’ve been watching and reading this for a while and – for what it’s worth – I think teejvee just kind of thrives off antagonism of any kind. No matter what you think he’ll go against it just to create a volatile discussion. I don’t think he necessarily dislikes the Phillies but he’s found easy targets with longtime, vehement fans. It’s difficult to get any real lasting reaction at a Yankee or Mets site. They don’t really care that much. They’re generally only around when their team is winning anyway. And the Braves? Wow, their alleged “fans” don’t even buy tickets when they are winning. Not sure what to make of them.

Leave a Comment

>> Create a new Phillies Nation account.
>> Already registered with Phillies Nation? Log in here.
>> Comment without logging in:

Please ensure your comments comply with our Comment Policy.