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May 14 2007

When the idea that the Phillies would move Myers to the pen was floated I thought it was absurd.  When it was implemented a few weeks later I thought it was necessary.  The question now is, what's next?

I don't know.  But the pen sure is more than a tweak away.

Here's what the Phillies' bullpen has done over the past ten days, including the innings pitched by Brett Myers:

 

Date Result IP H ER BB
5/3 W9-7 4 3 1 2
5/4 L6-2 1 3 3 2
5/5 L9-4 2 4 5 2
5/6 W8-5 2 0 0 1
5/7 L4-3 2 5 2 1
5/8 L3-2 1 0 0 1
5/9 W9-3 2 1 0 0
5/11 W7-2 2 2 0 0
5/12 W11-7 3 8 4 0
5/13 L4-1 1 2 2 2
           
Total 5-5 20 28 17 11

In 20 innings they've thrown to a 7.65 ERA and a 1.95 ratio.  Myers has thrown six innings in that time without being charged with a run.  Without Myers' innings, the pen has thrown to a 10.93 ERA and a 2.50 ratio over the past ten games. 

He might want to get comfortable out there, even if it's a little hard for fans to swallow the idea.

In terms of desperation moves, they don't get much bigger than moving your 26-year-old stud starter to the bullpen.  The problem for the Phillies is they've already made their desperation move and, well, their pen has still thrown to a 7.65 ERA over the last ten games.

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