The Phillies will likely have a bullpen where most of the pitchers are in their 30’s. 33-year old Brad Lidge is penciled in as the closer for 2010 but he has to pitch well to keep the job. He pitched in 67 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 0-8 with 31 saves, a 7.21 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. But, he was so good in 2008 that the Phillies will be giving him another chance. Lidge pitched in 72 games (0 starts) last season for the Phillies and he was 2-0 with 41 saves, a 1.95 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. I’m thinking that Lidge won’t be near as bad as he was in 2009 nor as good as he was in 2008.
29-year old Ryan Madson will be the top set-up for the Phillies in 2010 and he will close if Lidge can’t handle the job. Madson pitched in 79 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 5-5 with 10 saves, a 3.26 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. In his last three years with the Phillies, Madson has pitched in 193 games (0 starts) in which he was 11-9 with 12 saves, a 3.13 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Madson is a very dependable pitcher for the Phillies.
32-year old righty Danys Baez will also likely get some work late in games. Baez has pitched in 59 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last season in which he was 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Baez only gave up 59 hits in 71 2/3 innings last season as he got his groove back in 2009.
33-year old J.C. Romero will likely be the only lefty in the pen in 2010. Romero pitched in 21 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. In his three years with the Phillies, Romero has pitched in 153 games (0 starts) in which he is 5-6 with 1 save, a 2.25 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He has only given up 69 hits in his 112 innings with the Phillies but he has walked 76 batters which often gets him into some trouble.
32-year old righty Chad Durbin will be one of the Phillies’ middle relievers in 2010. Durbin pitched in 59 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 2-2 with 2 saves, a 4.39 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He has now pitched in 130 games (0 starts) in his two seasons with the Phillies and he is 7-6 with 3 saves, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.
38-year old Jose Contreras will likely be the long man in the pen for the Phillies in 2010. He pitched in 28 games (23 starts) for the White Sox & Rockies last season in which he was 6-13 with a 4.92 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. The Phillies are hoping that Contreras will be hard for the National League to adjust to as most of his experience is in the A.L.
28-year old righty Oscar Villarreal has not pitched in the majors since 2008 with the Astros. He has pitched in 258 games (5 starts) in his six years in the majors and he is 24-15 with 1 save, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Villarreal has had some success in the past so be might be able to help the Phillies out some in 2010.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2010: C-