Actually, the Phillies will only have a couple of new pieces for the bullpen. 31-year old righty Brad Lidge will be the closer for the Phillies when he comes off the D.L. He pitched in 66 games for the Astros last season and he was 5-3 with 19 saves, a 3.36 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He also whiffed 88 batters in only 67 innings which shows that he still has great stuff.
40-year old righty Tom Gordon will likely be the closer until Lidge returns and a set-up man later in the season. He pitched in 44 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 3-2 with 6 saves, a 4.73 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He appears to have lost something off the fastball so he could be in trouble this season.
27-year old Ryan Madson appears healthy now. He pitched in 38 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 2-2 with 1 save, a 3.05 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. If Gordon appears to be toast, Madson will likely take over as the top set-up man on the Phillies.
32-year old lefty J.C. Romero will be the only lefty in the bullpen but he is a solid one. He pitched in 74 games (0 starts) for the Phillies & Red Sox last season and he was 2-2 with 1 save, a 1.92 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Romero only allowed 39 hits in 56.1 innings last season but he walked 40 batters and that’s flat out unacceptable.
32-year old Clay Condrey will likely be the long man in the pen for the Phillies this season. He pitched in 39 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 5-0 with 2 saves, a 5.04 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: C