The Philadelphia Phillies need continued good work from the bullpen

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 15 October 2009 at 3:53 pm

The Phillies got great work from the bullpen against the Rockies and that came as somewhat of a surprise. A big part of the reason was that manager Charlie Manuel showed faith in closer Brad Lidge despite the awful 2009 season he turned in and it worked with him saving two games in the series. Lidge has now pitched in 28 games (0 starts) in his post season career and he is 1-3 with 15 saves, a 2.02 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He has only allowed 23 hits in his post season career in 35 2/3 innings while whiffing 52 batters. Ryan Madson was electric as the set up man for the Phillies in the first round of the playoffs. He has now pitched in 14 games in his post season career and he is 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. Scott Eyre will be the lone lefty in the bullpen unless J.A. Happ doesn’t make the starting rotation in this round. Eyre has pitched in 20 games (0 starts) in his post season career in which he is 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. Chad Durbin will be used in the middle innings for the Phillies. He has pitched in 7 games in his post season career and he is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP. Chan Ho Park will also work in the middle innings for the Phillies in this series after missing the series with the Rockies due to injury. Park has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in his post season career and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP. Rookie Antonio Bastardo only pitched to one batter in the first round of the playoffs and he whiffed him. Don’t expect him to get much action in this series.

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