DWIPP: 1- Adam Eaton, 2007

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, March 31, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 13

 1. Adam Eaton in 2007

“I threw a couple of pitches down the middle that he normally would’ve hit out.” -Adam Thomas Eaton.

Well, you all guessed it.  Number one on the Decade’s Worst Individual Pitching Performances is the one and only Adam Eaton.

Forever remembered around the baseball world as the player who cut himself opening a DVD, Eaton was originally drafted by the Phillies in the first round of the 1996 draft and later traded for Andy Ashby.  In the 2006-2007 off season, Pat Gillick signed the free agent to 3 year $24.5 million deal.

In 2007, Eaton was 10-10 with a 6.29 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 161.2 innings.  He gave up 192 hits, including 30 home runs.  Batters hit .302 against him. 

At Citizen’s Bank Park his ERA approached 7.  In the month of July, his ERA was 11.93.

He didn’t have much of any other pitch to accompany his fastball, which he failed to locate many times. Eaton had a 6.10 ERA and 1.64 WHIP during his two year tenure with the Phillies.

Ruben Amaro Jr. declared Eaton had no shot at making the 2009 rotation and was eventually released. The Baltimore Orioles picked him up. Due to the Orioles lack of pitching depth, Eaton will likely have a spot in their rotation.


DWIPP: 2- Paul Abbott, 2004

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, March 30, 2009 10:50 AM Comments: 4

2. Paul Abbott in 2004

In June of 2004, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays released Abbott after he pitched 10 games with an ERA that apporoached seven.  Four days later, the Phillies immediately jumped on the opportunity to sign Abbott, as if he had many great seasons in the past (his career ERA was close to 5).

Abbott only spent 10 games with the Phillies in 2004.

In the 49 innings he pitched, Abbott  was 1-6 with an ERA of 6.24 and WHIP of 1.80.  He allowed 37 runs on 57 hits and 31 walks, including 14 home runs.

Opponents batted .290 and slugged .551, and had a .940 OPS against him.

The Phillies released Abbott in September, and has not pitched since.  He is currently a pitching coach for the Orange Country Flyers.


DWIPP: 3- Gavin Floyd, 2005

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, March 29, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 10

3. Gavin Floyd in 2005

Drafted fourth overall in the 2001 draft, Floyd was the Phillies highest ranked prospect, but never lived up to his expectations. In 2005, he had a 10.04 ERA and 1.77 WHIP and in 2006 a 7.29 ERA and 1.88 WHIP.

In the 26 innings he pitched in 2005, he was 1-2, allowed 29 earned runs on 30 hits and 16 walks, including five home runs.  Opponents batted .283 and had a .924 OPS against him.  His strike out per walk ratio was 1.06.

He spent the majority of the season as a starter, where he had a 6.75 ERA.  In 4.2 innings out of the bullpen, he allowed 15 runs, 13 earned.  At Citizen’s Bank Park, his ERA was close to 16.

In his 3 year career with the Phillies, Floyd had a 6.96 ERA with the Phillies.

He will forever be remembered as the pitcher who threw the pitch to Xavier Nady in which Aaron Rowand made a “great, great, perhaps game saving catch!” in 2006.

Floyd was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 2006, and had a successful 2008 season.  He set career highs in practically every pitching category.  His ERA was 3.84 and struck out 145 batters in 206.1 innings.


DWIPP: 4- Terry Adams, 2005

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, March 28, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 1

4. Terry Adams in 2005

Adams wasn’t bad for the Phillies in 2002 and 2003 posting a 3.78 ERA in 112 games. However, 2005 was a different story.

In 2005, Adams was 0-2 including a blown save in 16 games.  His ERA was 12.83 and he had a WHIP of 2.63.  In 13.1 innings in relief, Adams allowed 19 earned runs on 25 hits and 10 walks.

Opponents batted .403, and slugged .677 off the right hander.  Batters had a 1.184 OPS against him.  He had a 17.65 ERA on the road and 18.00 ERA at night.

In 4.1 innings in May, Adams gave up 13 runs and was released in the middle of the month.  He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006, but did not see any major league action.


DWIPP: 5- Joe Roa, 2003

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, March 27, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 9

5.  Joe Roa in 2003

When he stepped off the mound, licked his fingers, and touched the rim if his cap, it was a bad sign for the Phillies. 

In 2002 with Scranton/Wilkes-Berre, Roa won the International League Most Valuable Pitcher award.  He was 14-0 with a 1.86 ERA.  He was called up, and managed to have a tolerable 4.04 ERA in 14 games.  However, in 6 games in 2003, Roa had an ERA of 6.05 and 1.66 WHIP.

During the 19.1 innings he pitched, he allowed 13 earned runs on 28 hits.  Opponents batted .341 off him, and had a .924 OPS against him.

At Veterans Stadium, Roa was 0-3 and his ERA was 8.80.

During June of 2003, he was granted free agency and played with the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres for the remainder of the year.  Roa last pitched in 48 games with the Minnesota Twins in 2004, posting a 4.50 ERA.

Perhaps he should of been a hitter. He is a career .213 hitter. On August 27, 2002, Roa was 2-2 with 2 RBI against the Montreal Expos.


DWIPP: 6- Paul Byrd, 2000

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, March 26, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 14

6. Paul Byrd in 2000

A year removed from winning 15 games, Paul Byrd’s record was just 2-9 in 2000.  He had an ERA of 6.51 and 1.49 WHIP in 83 innings of work. 

Byrd allowed 17 home runs.  Batters had more hits off him than the amount of innings he pitched.  Opponets slugged .529 against the right hander and left handed hitters batted .333 with an OPS of 1.107 off him.

Byrd spent the majority of the year as a starter, however he pitched in relief for 2.1 innings.  As a starer, his ERA was 6.14 and 19.29 in relief.

During the month of April, Byrd had an ERA of 10.19 in 17 innings, allowing 20 runs on 23 hits.  His ERA was 6.30 before the All Star Break.  During the second half of the season, his ERA was over 7.

In 2001, Byrd had an 8.10 ERA in 10 innings, and the Phillies traded him to Kansas City for Jose Santiago.  Byrd pitched with Boston and Cleveland last season.  He has a career 4.38 ERA, however, 2000 was one of the worst seasons of his 13 year career.


DWIPP: 7- Turk Wendell, 2001

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, March 25, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 19

7. Turk Wendell in 2001

Wendell was quite the character. He insisted that the umpire roll the ball to him, rather than throw it. If the ump were to throw, Wendell let the ball to go past him, or bounce off his chest. He waved to the centerfielder before he pitched and wouldn’t continue unless the centerfield waved back. When the catcher stood, Wendell crouched. He slammed the rosin bag on the mound between outs, and drew three crosses in the dirt before he pitched. He brushed his teeth between innings and occasionally threw his glove into the stands after leaving a game. Those are just a few of his many rituals.

His superstitions did not work during the 15.2 innings he pitched with the Phillies in 2001. 

Acquired from the New York Mets in a trade, Wendell was 0-2 with a 7.47 ERA and 2.11 WHIP. Opponents batted .320 and slugged .569 against him. In 51.1 innings with the Mets in the first half of the season, Wendell had an acceptable 3.51 ERA.In 2002, Wendell was better for the Phillies posting a 3.38 ERA. In 2003, he signed with the Colorado Rockies and had a 7.02 ERA. He was released; it was the last year he pitched in the major leagues.


DWIPP: 8-Tim Worrell, 2005

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, March 24, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 10

8. Tim Worrell in 2005

“I just fell behind and made a pitch up and over the plate.” -Tim Worrell

In the offseason of 2003, Worrell signed with the Phillies as a free agent.  During the 2004 season, he posted a 3.68 ERA and saved 19 games.

In 2005, Worrell pitched in 19 games with the Phillies and had a record of 0-1.  His ERA was 7.41 and had a WHIP of 1.88.  In 17 innings, he gave up 14 earned runs and 29 hits.  He was 1/3 in save opportunities.  Batters hit .299 against him. 

At Citizen’s Bank Park, he had an 8.68 ERA and batters hit .370 off him.  3 of his 8 homeruns he allowed came at the bank.

The Phillies traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Matt Kata.  With the Diamondbacks in 2005, he had a 2.27 ERA.  While with Arizona, the Phillies had a chance for payback.  Phillies batters hit .333 against him and his ERA was 13.50 against his former team that year.

Worrell last pitched with the San Franciso Giants in 2006 and posting a 7.52 ERA.


DWIPP: 9- Jose Santiago, 2002

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, March 23, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 4

9. Jose Santiago in 2002.

In 2001, the Phillies traded Paul Byrd to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for reliever Jose Santiago.  He pitched 62.1 innings and had an ERA of 3.61.

A year later, his ERA nearly doubled.  In 2002, he had a 6.70 ERA and 1.51 WHIP.  In 47 innings of work, he was 1-3 and batters hit .290 off the right hander.

At Veterans Stadium, Santiago had a 7.40 ERA.  His road ERA was not much better at 5.96.  He must of been afraid of the dark, because at night he had a 7.75 ERA.

In 12 innings in April, he gave up 12 earned runs.  In 1.2 innings in July, he gave up 10 earned runs.

The Phillies released him after the season and he signed with Cleveland.  With the Indians, he had a 2.84 ERA in 31.2 innings.  He last pitched in 4 games with the New York Mets in 2005.


DWIPP: 10- Andy Ashby, 2000

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, March 22, 2009 01:45 PM Comments: 6

10. Andy Ashby in 2000

I quickly peeked at Ashby’s stats and saw the number 1810.20.  For a second I thought it was his earned run average, but was relieved when I noticed I was looking under the innings pitched column.  That sums up Ashby. 

Ashby was originally signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1986.  He made his major league debut with the Phillies in 1991 and went 1-5 with a 6.00 ERA. A year later, he was 3-10 with a 7.54 ERA and 1.70 WHIP.

The Colorado Rockies took him in an expansion draft and was eventually traded to the San Diego Padres, where he helped win the National League Division Series in 1998, winning 17 games.  He made the National League All Star teams in 1998 and 1999.

As if he didn’t have enough success with the Phillies earlier in his career, he was brought back in 1999 in a trade involving Steve Montgomery, Carlton Loewer, and Adam Eaton.

Hoping he’d bring his Padre success to Philly, Ashby responded with a record of 5-7, 5.68 ERA and 1.49 WHIP.  In the 101.1 innings he pitched, he allowed 113 hits and 75 runs, 64 earned.

At Veterans Stadium, Ashby had a 5.51 ERA.  In 34.2 innings, he sported a 7.27 ERA in the month of May.  Batters hit .288 off the right hander. 

Prior to the trade deadline, Ashby was traded to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Bruce Chen and Jimmy Osting.  Including his stint with the Braves in 2000, left handed batters compiled .312 average off Ashby.  He also allowed a total of 29 home runs in 2000.

The highlight of his Phillies carrer was becoming the 24th pitcher in major league history to have a pefect inning, striking out 3 batters in 9 pitches against the Cinicinatti Reds in 1991.  He had a 6.14 ERA during his Phillies career.

Ashby had Tommy John surgery in 2003 and last pitched with the San Diego Padres in 2004.  The Padres signed him again in 2006, but was released from spring training, and eventually retired. 

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