Thursday, August 09, 2012

Bullpen again disappoints, and Phillies lose

The first part of this word is what the Phillies bullpen has been pitching like

The bullpen has arguably been one of the worst spots on the Phillies team so far this year. No lead seems safe, or close scoring game with this current bullpen, and again, and again, the bullpen has let this team down resulting in a loss last night to the Atlanta Braves.

Last night it was the latest acquisition to the Phllies pen, Josh Lindblom, who gave up a bases clearing double. Lindblom didn't get the loss though because the bases were loaded with Braves courtesy of Antonio Bastardo, who walked two batters and gave up a hit to another. Antonio hasn't been that good all year, and again last night he's proven that.

The Phillies offense hasn't been that productive all year long, the loss earned the Phillies a spot right back in the basement of the NL East, as this nightmarish season continues. The offense did come to life last night, and rallied well at times, but the pitching on the team couldn't hold and the Braves just blew this game open to win 12-6.

Bastardo's numbers in the pen have been awful, in 36.1 innings pitched, he's given up 29 hits resulting in 22 runs. In the mix, he's given up 6 HR's out of those 29 hits, and he's walked 21 batters. In short, he's been terrible this year for the Phillies. It's hard to believe that he still has a spot out there in the pen, his seemingly magical style that he carried in previous years is long gone.

Antonio has eclipsed the bad numbers of Chad Qualls, he now has twice as many walks or more (21) as Qualls had on the season. The whole Phillies bullpen has been plagued by giving up walks. Michael Schwimmer has given up 15 BB, and Jake Diekman has given out 15 on the season as well. Closer Jonathan Papelbon has given up 11 walks so far as well.

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