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Explanation Needed – ASAP
So someone really needs to explain this to me.
The last time J. Papelbon was unavailable – was because he had pitched in 3 straight games. Mind you, he only pitched 1 inning in each of those 3 game – but I suppose the latest MLB “bullpen protocol” is that these men cannot pitch in 3 straight games. Which is ludicrous on its premise – but fine. Whatever.
So yesterday – the Phillies are heading into the 9th inning with a very comfy 4-1 lead. Cole Hamels had pitched a very good game through 7 – scattering 7 hits, only allowing 1 run, while striking out 10. And he threw. . . ready for this? He threw 133 pitches!!!! 133!!!! That is the most thrown by a Phillie’s pitcher since 2004 (Eric Milton threw 134 in 2004).
Reliever Mario Hollands came in for the 8th and fought through some issues – but got out of the inning unscathed.
So the 9th inning comes – and I sit waiting for Papelbon to come in and wrap up a MUCH needed 3 game road sweep of the Mets. And that doesn’t happen.
Instead – in comes Antonio Bastardo – and I have heard recently that “Bastardo” is Spanish for “can’t pitch for crap”.
He promptly proceeds to give up the game and the sweep. I don’t want to get into the details of the inning – because it was very ugly to watch and I don’t want to relive it. But I am 100% certain that I could have hit Bastardo yesterday. . . it was like he was pitching batting practice.
Where was Papelbon? He was not listed as injured. There was no announcement that he was unavailable. He did not pitch in 3 straight. Yet he was not called in to do the job that the Phillies pay him 13 million dollars this year to do.
So after Bastardo gets the hook – guess who comes in? Starter Roberto Hernandez. So in short:
The pitcher who threw almost 100 pitches 2 nights ago was available to pitch – but – the pitcher whose job it is to perform this specific role – who threw 21 pitches in the past 2 nights - was NOT available to pitch. Seriously?
Maybe he needed a day off? Well they are off today. And Thursday.
That type of game management and bullpen management – in my opinion, is flatly unacceptable. Papelbon’s contract is a 50 million dollar contract and he is having a good year. So it’s the 9th inning and you have a 3 run lead – come in and CLOSE. Little sore? You have tomorrow off. You are playing the Angels on Tuesday and Wednesday. I can guarantee everyone reading this blog – that there will be no need for Papelbon to pitch both days, if at all.
So the ONE game that he was needed – to get a nice road sweep against a NL East rival. He didn’t pitch.
And I read all the BS today – he needed a day off, he was a little sore, it’s just the daily grind. Gimme a break.
The Phillies had 2 great games Fri and Sat, and Sunday saw Hamels with a very quality start against a team he usually struggles with. Oh, and he was going for #100 as well. And our 50 million dollar closer was “unavailable” for some mysterious reason.
Hey Sandberg – what you need is a “bullpen manager” and someone to tell you how NOT to give games away. I am available. Call me. Soon.