With 12 pitchers left in camp, the Phillies pitching staff could be set. If it is, the bullpen guys aren’t exactly going to wow you with their experience. David Herndon and Antonio Bastardo have combined to throw one inning in relief for their careers. Kendrick, who could still be in the rotation to start the year, and Contreras have mostly been starters — they have combined to toss just 43 2/3 innings in relief. Here’s what the career numbers pitching in relief look like for those four guys, keeping in mind they have a chance to make up more than half of the Phillies pen when the season kicks off:
That’s not a whole lot of innings. Clay Condrey, for example, threw 42 innings in relief for the Phillies last year. In 2009, the Phils started the year with Condrey, Durbin, Lidge, Madson, Happ, Eyre and Taschner in the pen. By innings pitched in relief, Happ (8), Taschner (140), Durbin (153) and Condrey (158 2/3) were the four guys with the least experience. That group of four pitchers had combined to throw 459 2/3 innings in relief entering the 2009 season.
Howard homered twice yesterday as the Phils topped the Rays 4-3 yesterday. Blanton allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings to drop his spring ERA to 3.86. Contreras threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings and Durbin allowed an unearned run over two frames, keeping his spring ERA at 0.00. Victorino also homered in the game. Dobbs was 2-for-4 with a double, raising his average to .345.
This article suggests that despite the fact the Phillies have 12 pitchers in camp at this point, they are not necessarily the 12 that will start the season with the team. Interpret that as you will, but I choose to hope it means a secret deal for CC Sabathia is in the works. Fingers crossed.
A post here looks at some pitchers who may be available now or in the coming days.