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The Phillies’ Bullpen Is Truly Wretched (Mets Game 4 Preview) April 9, 2016

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Yesterday’s Mets home opener was joyous – Jacob deGrom‘s son decided to wait a little while longer, we got another masterful performance from Lazarus I Mean Jim Henderson, and Michael Conforto was firmly in Good Lucas Duda Mode. Besides, the Phillies had to go to their bullpen after 5+.

Despite a solid performance by young Jerad Eickhoff – in which he hit a double and scored one of two runs for Philadelphia – the Phillies starter ended up in trouble in the sixth when Duda doubled, Neil Walker singled him home, and Conforto doubled Walker home. Jim Henderson pitched a perfect seventh, and the Mets bullpen allowed only one run (unearned) after Peter Bourjos reached on an E5. Hansel Robles got a K, allowed Bourjos on, and then allowed a hit to Cesar Hernandez before Jerry Blevins came in to clean up lefty-batting Odubel Herrera and Hernandez on a double play. Antonio Bastardo finished the game with two strikeouts, allowing one single.

Photo: Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA

Bartolo Colon takes the mound today. Photo: Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA

The Phillies bullpen has been awful this year, and this game is a microcosm of why. Eickhoff pitched well, but his bullpen couldn’t get a handle on it. Dalier Hinojosa got two outs and, despite a difficult at-bat, rule 5 draftee Daniel Stumpf finally recorded an out. In the seventh, James Russell got a single out, but allowed two walks and three singles; David Hernandez allowed another run before closing out the inning. This season, the Phillies’ starters have posted a 3.80 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP – both quite respectable, especially considering Charlie Morton‘s rough start. The bullpen, however, has pitched to a 12.66 ERA and a 2.44 WHIP, meaning for every inning pitched they allow almost three men to reach base.

Pete Mackanin has used Hinojosa in three of four games thus far, lefties Stumpf and Russell twice each, and Hinojosa and Hernandez three times. In those, Hinojosa and Russell each have one blown save. Stumpf is unproven but being used in relatively high-leverage situations, while Hector Neris is coming in in low-leverage situations despite having some of the best stats on the team. I recognize that Stumpf is young and being broken in – catcher Cameron Rupp came out and put his arm over Stumpf’s shoulder several times in yesterday’s game – but the Phillies seem to be treating his development as a goal that comes at the expense of the team.

Bartolo Colon starts tonight against the Phillies; current Phillies have hit .267/.301/.371 against Bartolo. Odubel Herrera is 4-13 against Colon, and a handful of Phillies are above the .300 mark. Meanwhile, the only Met starter Vincent Velasquez has faced is Alejandro De Aza, who is 1-2.

Bartolo’s stats against current Phillies:

Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Ryan Howard 27 24 5 0 0 2 2 2 .208 .259 .458 .718
Darin Ruf 7 7 1 0 0 1 0 1 .143 .143 .571 .714
Carlos Ruiz 18 18 5 1 0 0 0 3 .278 .278 .333 .611
Cesar Hernandez 8 7 3 0 0 0 1 4 .429 .500 .429 .929
Emmanuel Burriss 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Andres Blanco 7 6 3 1 0 0 1 2 .500 .571 .667 1.238
Peter Bourjos 7 6 2 0 0 0 1 3 .333 .429 .333 .762
Odubel Herrera 13 13 4 0 0 0 0 3 .308 .308 .308 .615
Freddy Galvis 15 15 4 1 0 0 0 3 .267 .267 .333 .600
Jerad Eickhoff 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500
Cameron Rupp 10 10 2 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
Maikel Franco 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Charlie Morton 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 123 116 31 3 0 3 6 25 .267 .301 .371 .672
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/9/2016.

 

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