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DWIPP: 11- Jose Mesa, 2003

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, March 21, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 3

11. Jose Mesa in 2003

Mesa had great years with the Phillies in 2001 and 2002 saving a total of 87 games. They were good enough to put him in the Top 100 Phillies list. However 2003 was a different story. It was common to hope he wouldn’t “Mesa up.”

He managed to save 24 games in 2003, but it didn’t come easy. He was 5-7 with an ERA of 6.52 and WHIP of 1.78. Opponents batted .296 off the right hander.

At the Vet, Mesa had a 7.76 ERA that year. In 4 innings in September, Mesa allowed 9 earned runs as the Phillies inched closer to a chance at the post season.

Mesa returned to the Phillies in mid 2007 and he had a 5.54 ERA in 40 appearances. Mesa was a huge contributor to the Phillies being swept in the NLDS to the Rockies. He gave up 3 runs in 1/3 of an inning during the NLDS.  2007 would be the last year Mesa pitched in the majors.

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DWIPP: 12- Freddy Garcia, 2007

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, March 20, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 21

12. Freddy Garcia in 2007

“We got an ace,” everybody thought when the Phillies acquired Freddy Garcia from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez.  That didn’t last long.

In the 58 innings he pitched, Garcia had a 5.90 ERA and 1.60 WHIP.  In 11 games, he gave up 12 home runs. Opponents batted .318 and had an OPS of .942 off the right hander.

Garcia had a record of 1-5.  The one win was infamously known as the $10 million win because of his salary.

His worst outing came in June, against the lowly Kansas City Royals.  In 1.2 inning, Garcia managed to give up 6 runs. June was a pleasant month for Garcia. He posted a 15.43 ERA during the month.

Garcia may have been hurt before the season started, and the Phillies made a mistake by not giving him a physical when he was acquired.  Garcia was eventually placed on the disabled list in with a shoulder injury.

Garcia signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets, however, he may not be in camp much longer.  For the fifth spot in the rotation, Garcia is up against Tim Redding, Jon Niese, and the current front-runner, Livan Hernandez.

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DWIPP: 13- Arthur Rhodes, 2006

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, March 19, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 11

13. Arthur Rhodes in 2006

In 45.2 innings with the Phillies in 2006, Rhodes was 0-5 with a 5.32 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. He also blew 3 saves that year, which was huge as the Phillies were in the thick of a wild card race.

At Citizen’s Bank Park, Rhodes was 0-3  with a 7.32 ERA in 2006.  In 8 games in July, Rhodes had an ERA of 11.12.

Rhodes will be known as the pitcher who blew a save in the 10th inning on the night Ryan Howard broke the Phillies all time single season home run record. Two days later, he blew another yet another save while the wild card race intensified.

Rhodes is currently on the Cincinnati Reds.  Last season in Seattle and Florida, Rhodes was 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA in 35.1 innings of work.  He did not allow a home run.

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DWIPP: 14- Antonio Alfonseca, 2007

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, March 18, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 19

14. Antonio Alfonseca in 2007

Alfonseca’s bad year may have been overshadowed by his 8 saves during the time the Phillies were without a closer. Although he converted 8 saves, he blew 5. Known as El Pulpo for having 6 fingers on each hand, Alfonseca took over the closing role for the Phillies when Tom Gordon and Brett Myers were injured.

In 49.2 innings, Alfonseca had a 5.44 ERA and 1.85 WHIP. Opponents batted .314 off the right hander. His strikeout to walk ratio was just 0.89.

Alfonseca must not of liked pitching during the day. During day games he had a 7.20 ERA.

2007 was the last season Alfonseca pitched in the majors.

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DWIPP: 15- Geoff Geary, 2004

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, March 17, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 23

This is a countdown of the Philadelphia Phillies worst individual pitching performaces since the year 2000.

15. Geoff Geary in 2004

In 2004, Geary split time between the majors and minors. He struggled during his time in the big leagues, having the worst year of his Phillies career.

In 47.2 innings, Geary had an ERA of 5.44 and WHIP of 1.52. Opponents batted .292 off the right hander and slugged .528 off him.

2004 was the first year for Citizen’s Bank Park and Geary did not fare well at the new ballpark. He had a 6.66 ERA at home. Geary also could have benefited from rest because he had a 10.29 ERA on days he pitched back to back.

Last offseason, the Houston Astros acquired Geary in the trade that brought Brad Lidge to Philadelphia.  Geary spent time on the disabled list last season, but in 64 innings, he had a 2.53 ERA, the lowest of his career.

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Decade’s Worst Individual Pitching Performances Preview

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, March 16, 2009 08:00 PM Comments: 33

The Phillies who made Tim’s Top 100 list will always be remembered for their great play.  However, there are many Phillies that will always be remembered for the opposite.

As the Top 100 Phillies countdown is getting into the best of the best, on Tuesday, I will be starting a countdown of my own.

What is it?

I’m going to count down the 15 worst individual pitching performances since the year 2000.  Each posts will focus on an awful season for one pitcher.  It will also feature where they are now.

Why focus on the worst?

It wouldn’t be Philadelphian-like without looking at the negatives, would it?  There is nothing like getting ready for the season than to bring back bad memories, especially after the Phillies have won the World Series.

Why since 2000?  Why not all-time?

All-time would take forever to research.  The Phillies have had many bad pitchers in their long history. Although it seems like yesterday, 2000 was 9 years ago.  Those years of Phillies baseball remain fresh in many memories, so the names will not sound like complete strangers.

Why 15?

I originally planned on 10, however, there were a few players that I couldn’t decide on for the 10th spot.  Therefore, I extended the list to 15.

How did you determine who is the worst?

I based it on stats such as innings, earned run average, walks and hits per innings pitched, opponents batting averages, etc.  I also based it on the players I remembering being awful; the ones that made me cringe when I heard their names.

How about a preview of who to look out for?

You’ll have to check in everyday, but here are some borderline pitchers that just missed the cut, and the season they stunk.  The not-so-honorable mentions are:

Mike Williams in 2003, Brian Powell in 2004, and Brian Sanches in 2006.

The posts will be abbreviated “DWIPP” for Decade’s Worst Individual Pitching Performances.  Be sure to check in everyday at 10:00 AM to see what pitchers make the list.

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