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Thoughts From a Lost Season: The Bullpen

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, October 05, 2012 09:49 AM Comments: 43

Horst was a great find by the Phils. (US PRESSWIRE)

Quick thoughts on 2012 with the relief pitchers up next. Coming up, position players. Click here for the starting rotation. Phillies Nation will also have a more thorough breakdown of each player coming later this month.

-Let’s begin with the highest paid relief pitcher on the team, and in baseball, Jonathan Papelbon. I’ve struggled with what to think about his season, but much more negative stands out for me. I guess that’s because the Phillies were not a winning ballclub, so the negatives overshadow the positives.

Focusing on Papelbon, you can’t help but notice his inabilities in non-save situations. His 3.90 ERA in those games with four losses, some of them crushing, were tough to swallow. No pitcher is going to be perfect, but he was asked to keep games tied or close and couldn’t do it some of the time. In normal save situations, he was one of the best relief pitchers in baseball, sporting a 0.87 WHIP and a 1.49 ERA. Papelbon was able to save 39 games this year, so he did more right than wrong. But when you’re the highest paid guy that anchors an overall subpar bullpen, failures stand out. He’s gotta’ be a little better next year.

-I’m really excited about the youthful explosion in the pen this season. Players that maybe wouldn’t have been utilized had it been a “normal” Phillies season saw plenty of action, which can only serve them well for the near future. Let’s start with the lefties:

-Jeremy Horst, Jake Diekman, and Antonio Bastardo could provide the Phillies a stable of quality left-handed pitchers for a long time. Horst was perhaps the Phillies best relief pitcher this season. His minuscule 1.15 ERA stands out, as does his 11.5 K/9 rate. Horst still needs to work on walks, but he looks like an absolute steal in the trade with Cincinnati for Wilson Valdez.

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Phillies lose, but Ruf homers twice

Posted by Corey Seidman, Tue, October 02, 2012 10:02 PM Comments: 28

The Phillies will have to wait about 15 more hours if they want their 10th straight winning season.

The Phils fell to the Nationals 4-2 in Game 161 of the 2012 season. Darin Ruf accounted for both runs with a pair of solo homers. He’s been a bright spot over the last week, hitting in eight straight games and slugging .774 with two doubles, a triple and two homers in his 11-game major-league career. Of the 7 runs the Phillies have scored in the past three games against the Nationals, Ruf has driven in all 7.

B.J. Rosenberg started for the Phillies and allowed just one run over four solid innings. Josh Lindblom was roughed up in the sixth, he allowed two runs on a solo homer, two other hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. The rest of the bullpen filled in the gaps with Antonio Bastardo giving up a Nats insurance run in the eighth.

Kevin Frandsen hit two doubles to raise his batting average to .337 from the lead-off spot tonight. For all of the warranted talk of Frandsen not being an everyday third baseman, he never slowed down over the final two months with the Phillies.

The season ends tomorrow afternoon as Cliff Lee (6-8, 3.12) takes on Edwin Jackson (9-11, 4.13) at 1:05 p.m.

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Phils Win, But Nats Still Clinch NL East

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Mon, October 01, 2012 09:54 PM Comments: 44

Kendrick stymied the Nationals tonight. (PHOTO: AP)

A lights out performance from Kyle Kendrick, a two-run triple from Darin Ruf, a spectacular late-inning catch by centerfielder John Mayberry to save some runs, and a big strike out from Jeremy Horst to help the Phillies win a game with the NL East on the line. That’s exactly how you drew it up when you looked ahead to this first game against Washington in the final series of the season, isn’t it?

Probably not. But that’s how things went down tonight at Nationals Park in the Phillies 2-0 victory. Sure, the Nats won the division because the Braves lost. But they didn’t do it by beating us, damn it! With everything else in this 2012 season a lost cause, at least we’ll still have that.
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Phils Drop 2012 Home Finale

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, September 27, 2012 10:58 PM Comments: 34

The Phillies dropped their final home game of the season, losing 7-3 to the Washington Nationals on Fan Appreciation Night.  If the St. Louis Cardinals win tonight, the Phillies will officially be eliminated from Wild Card contention.

CLOYD’S OUTING

-Thursday was Cloyd’s worst outing of  his young career.  The rookie lasted five innings, surrendering six earned runs.  He was tagged with his second loss of the season.

-Cloyd allowed three home runs: a first inning Bryce Harper solo shot, and two Michael Morse home runs.  Morse finished the night with four runs batted in.

RUF CONTINUES TO IMPRESS

-Darin Ruf had another great game, going 2-for-4 with three runs batted in.

-Ruf got the Phillies on the  board early.  In the first inning, the Phillies loaded the bases with two outs.  Ruf doubled to center field, clearing the bases.  The three runs that Ruf drove in on the play would be the only runs that the Phillies scored all night.

GAME NOTES

- Jeremy Horst, who has been terrific all year, had some trouble in the seventh inning.  He gave up a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs.  He proceeded to throw a wild pitch, which gave the Nationals a run.  Horst went 1.2 innings, allowing the run.

-Phillippe Aumont and Jake Diekman each pitched scoreless frames.

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Phils Bounce Back Against Astros, 12-6

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, September 15, 2012 12:21 AM Comments: 34

How did this team lose to the Astros last night? The Phils bounced back in a big way Friday night, as the bats caught fire with the offense putting up 12 runs on 16 hits. They scored three runs before the Astros even recorded an out. Here are some notes from the blowout:

‘OKAY’ START FOR HAMELS

Cole Hamels didn’t have a great game, but he didn’t pitch all that badly, either. He threw seven innings, while giving up four runs (three of the earned) and added eight strikeouts. He gave up two home runs—one to Justin Maxwell in the 5th and one to Matt Downs in the 4th.

Also getting some work in tonight were Justin De Fratus and Jeremy Horst. Each of them gave up one run in one inning, and Horst struck out the side.

PHOTO: AP

OFFENSE!

WHAT IS THIS?! Okay, maybe it’s because they played the Astros, but still. I like seeing those ‘crooked numbers’, as Wheels likes to say. 12 runs, 16 hits, four multi-run innings–I love it. Jimmy Rollins started off the game with a home run and it just kept getting better from there. Hopefully the offense can put up even half of what they did tonight more frequently.

THE RUF RIDER COMETH

Darin Ruf had an at-bat. And he popped out to third base. Oh well, it was nice to finally see him get some action. Let’s see if he lands in the starting lineup in one of the two remaining games in the series.

GAME NOTES

The Phillies take on the Astros again tomorrow at 7:05 PM with Kyle Kendrick pitching against Dallas Keuchel.

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Cloyd Out-dueled by Harvey in Debut

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, August 29, 2012 10:50 PM Comments: 11

The Phillies dropped their second straight to the New York Mets, losing 3-2.  Tyler Cloyd pitched well, but was out-dueled by fellow rookie Matt Harvey.

CLOYD IMPRESSIVE DURING DEBUT

-Tyler Cloyd made the “emergency start” due to Cole Hamels’ illness.  Cloyd was called up, and pitched fairly well in his debut.  He went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.  He struck out five and walked two.

-The only big mistake Cloyd made was in the third inning when he gave up a two-run home run to Lucas Duda.  Cloyd missed his spot, leaving the pitch up and in.  Duda took advantage of the rookie mistake, and crushed it to right field.  The Mets took a 3-2 lead, and held onto that score for the rest of the game.

OFFENSE QUIETED

-The lone runs came on a Ryan Howard sacrifice fly and a Jimmy Rollins RBI double in the first and second innings.  Other than that, the Phillies offense was shut down.

-Harvey only gave up six hits, as the Phillies were just 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.  The Mets bullpen also did their job, pitching a combined 2.2 hitless innings.

GAME NOTES

-The Phillies bullpen will try another scoreless inning streak.  Jeremy Horst, Antonio Bastardo, Phillippe Aumont, and Josh Lindblom combined for three scoreless innings.

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It Should Have Been Lindblom

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, August 24, 2012 09:10 AM Comments: 11

Lindblom is struggling.

Jeremy Horst is likely having the greatest year of his life. A year after making his Major League debut with Cincinnati in 2011, Horst has pitched well enough to cement a spot in the Majors with the Phillies in 2012. Horst has been dominant: in 18 IP with the Phils, Horst has 22 Ks and has only allowed two ER, holding lefties to an impressive .214/.290/.214 line and righties to a neutered .189/.293/.278 line.  On Monday, the Phils placed Horst on paternity leave to mark the arrival of his family’s second child and called-up Phillippe Aumont in his place. Congratulations again to the Horst family.

There was not much doubt as to what would happen with Horst when he returned from the paternity list. As expected, Horst returned immediately to the Phillies, activated Thursday, and pitching a perfect tenth with two Ks. And, for the most part, it was expected that Aumont would return to Triple-A Lehigh Valley once Horst returned. Except, that did not happen.

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Aumont Promoted as Horst is Deactivated

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, August 21, 2012 01:05 AM Comments: 29

Following the Phillies’ 12-5 romp over the visiting Reds on Monday night, the team announced that lefty reliever Jeremy Horst was placed on paternity leave and that righthander Phillippe Aumont would be called up to the Phils, in order to fill his void.

The 23-year-old Quebec, Canada native was acquired from Seattle in the Dec. 2009 Cliff Lee trade, along with RHP J.C. Ramirez and OF Tyson Gillies. Aumont was originally an 11th-round pick of the Mariners in the 2007 draft.

Aumont, ranked as the Phillies’ #4 prospect by PhilliesNation.com prior to the 2012 season, had posted a 3-1 record with a 4.26 ERA and 14 saves in 41 relief outings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season.

Until this week, Aumont had been quite hot, posting a 2.08 ERA with a 1-0 record and five saves in 15 outings since the International League All-Star break. However, in his most recent outing, he surrendered four earned runs in 2/3 of an inning during a loss to Toledo on Sunday. Continue reading Aumont Promoted as Horst is Deactivated

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Pierre Legs it Out for Phillies Win in Extras

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, August 12, 2012 06:25 PM Comments: 36

Horst and Pierre picked up the Phils (AP)

Juan Pierre‘s infield single in the 11th inning brought home Jimmy Rollins to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-7. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a victory.

KRATZ YOUR HANDS

-Mired in a slump, Erik Kratz came through huge with two outs in the eighth inning, smashing a three-run home run to tie it at seven. It’s been great to see Kratz get an opportunity and seize it.

SLOPPY PLAY

-The Phillies committed three errors on the day and the pitching wasn’t great either. Vance Worley gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings. He, along with five other pitchers, allowed Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter, the Cardinals 1-2 hitters, to go 7-for-11 with five RBI.

-Michael Schwimer can look so great one day and then the absolute opposite the next. He gave up three runs on three hits in the eighth inning.

HIT IT

-Chase Utley and Ryan Howard did some damage of their own, combining to go 3-for-6 with a home run, coming off the bat of Howard. It looked like the old days with the two of them propping up the middle of the Phillies order.

HORST WINS IT

-Jeremy Horst won his first game as a major leaguer, pitching two solid innings in the 10th and 11th. He struck out three and lowered his ERA to 1.13. The Phillies clearly got the better of that Wilson Valdez trade.

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Snake Bitten Offense Dooms Phils Against D-Backs

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, August 03, 2012 09:49 PM Comments: 20

Kyle Kendrick was unexpectedly called into action tonight. (AP)

Behind a solid all around pitching effort, the Phillies offense came up short tonight, as the Phils dropped their second straight game, 4-2. This loss came at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

KENDRICK ON SPEED DIAL

- A few hours before tonight’s game, Kyle Kendrick was expecting an uneventful night that could possibly include pitching an inning or two out of the bullpen. But when scheduled-starter Joe Blanton was sent to LA in a trade, Kendrick was thrust into the fire, forced to make an emergency start with no one else available. So Kendrick, 20-inning scoreless streak and all, did what he could to give his team some innings. Unfortunately, he was ill-prepared.

- After a scoreless first inning in which Kendrick looked very solid, he unraveled. In four innings work, he allowed two earned runs and three runs total. After a rocky fourth inning, he was yanked.

- It wasn’t a great effort by Kendrick, but it also wasn’t an easy position to be in. His inability to go a few more innings would put the Phils in a tough position, with Charlie Manuel asking his thin bullpen to record 15 outs.

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