For now. But then again we haven’t see Flash’s second appearance of the year yet, now have we?
How bad is the Phillies’ pen? Just bad enough that fans should be pretty geeked up about the addition of Rudy Seanez. Seanez struggled during spring training, throwing to a 7.71 ERA, and is 39-years-old. He says he wants to retire a little more than you’d prefer. That’s pretty much the end of the bad news, though. Seanez was solid with the Dodgers last season and gave LA a lot of innings. He was really good as recently as 2005.
He does throw a lot of fly balls. In each of the past three years he’s gotten more outs in the air than he has on the ground — this was most dramatic in 2006 when between his time with the Red Sox and Padres he got 39 outs on the ground and 65 in the air. Last year with the Dodgers he allowed double-digit home runs for the first time in his career, yielding ten in 76 innings of work. The 76 innings he threw in 2007 was also a career-high. He was especially hurt by the long ball in the second half of last year, giving up seven home runs in 35 2/3 innings after the All-Star break after giving up just three in 40 1/3 before the break. Six of those home runs came in a weak month of July in which he allowed nine earned runs in twelve innings (6.75 ERA).
4.15 career ERA, though. 3.79 last year. Pretty solid against both lefties and righties in ’07 — righties hit 264/338/402 (.741 OPS) against him last year and lefties 269/320/395 (.715 OPS).
He’s also made six career appearances at Citizens Bank Park and the next run he’s charged with will be his first. Over 7 1/3 innings he’s allowed five hits and four walks while striking out six.
Seanez was released by the Dodgers last Tuesday and had suggested that he might retire. This article suggests that in February he said he was pretty certain he would retire if he did not make the Dodgers.
For now, at least, I think we should all be grateful he didn’t make the Dodgers and that he didn’t retire.
Cole Hamels faces righty Tim Redding tonight in the second game of the season. Redding struggled the first three years of his career but had his first good season last year with the Nationals, going 3-6 in 15 starts with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.45 ratio. He doesn’t strike out a lot of hitters and gives up too many walks — last year in 84 innings he struck out 47 and walked 38. Utley and Feliz were both 3-for-6 against Redding last season. Jenkins was a sure thing to get the start anyway, but he is 9-for-15 with three doubles and a home run against him in his career. Redding was good overall against the Phils last season, going 1-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.25 ratio in three starts. He got the start against the Phillies on August 15, September 22 and September 28 (on September 22 he was very good, holding the Phils to a run over 6 2/3 while striking out seven).
Hamels was fantastic against the Nationals in 2007, making five starts in which he went 2-1 with a 1.97 ERA and a 1.09 ratio. He has fared pretty well against most of the Nats hitters over his career with a few exceptions. Austin Kearns has hit him well, 6-for-19 with two doubles and three walks (316/409/421). Ronnie Belliard is 5-for-17 with a home run and a double against him. Nick Johnson 3-for-7 with three doubles.