The Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen looks a tad iffy for 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 28 March 2011 at 3:50 pm

The Phillies are already having problems with the bullpen as 34-year old righty closer Brad Lidge will start the season on the D.L. Lidge pitched in 50 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 1-1 with 27 saves, a 2.96 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has now pitched in 189 games (0 starts) in his first three seasons with the Phillies and he is 3-9 with 99 saves, a 3.99 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. The Phillies hope that his stay on the D.L. isn’t too lengthy.

30-year old righty Ryan Madson is likely to replace Lidge as the closer until he’s ready to return to action. Madson pitched in 55 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 6-2 with 5 saves, a 2.55 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He has now pitched in 429 games (18 starts) in his first 8 years with the Phillies and he is 43-28 with 20 saves, a 3.71 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Madson didn’t do too well as the closer last season when Lidge was out of action, so they might decide to leave him as the set-up man while using Jose Contreras as the closer.

39-year old righty Jose Contreras will either be the closer or the top set-up man when the 2011 season starts for the Phillies. Contreras pitched in 55 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 6-4 with 4 saves, a 3.34 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He has now pitched in 258 games (175 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 77-67 with 4 saves, a 4.55 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Contreras looked pretty sharp in his first year as a full time reliever and they Phillies hope that will continue in 2011.

34-year old lefty J.C. Romero will be a set-up man for the Phillies again in 2011. Romero pitched in 60 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 1-0 with 3 saves, a 3.68 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. He has now pitched in 213 games (0 starts) in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 6-6 with 4 saves, a 2.60 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Romero has only given up 99 hits in his first 148 2/3 innings with the Phillies, but he has also walked 105 batters which is way too many! He will still be the Phillies’ top lefty in the pen this year.

33-year old righty Danys Baez will be back in 2011, but they need him to step up. Baez pitched in 51 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 3-4 with a 5.48 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. He has now pitched in 504 games (26 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 38-53 with 114 saves, a 4.14 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.

25-year old lefty Antonio Bastardo comes into this season as the Phillies’ #12 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 2-0 with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Bastardo has now pitched in 31 games (5 starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 4-3 with a 5.53 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. He has whiffed 45 batters in his first 42 1/3 innings in the majors, which is impressive…..but, he has also walked 18 batters which is way too many.

29-year old righty Eddie Bonine might win a job as the long man in the Phillies’ pen. He pitched in 47 games (1 start) for the Tigers last year and he was 4-1 with a 4.63 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. Bonine has now pitched in 62 games (10 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 7-3 with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.

34-year old righty Jason Grilli didn’t pitch anywhere in 2010. He last pitched in the majors back in 2009 with the Rangers & Rockies. Grilli has pitched in 238 games (16 starts) in his major league career and he is 18-18 with 2 saves, a 4.74 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He’s a longshot to help the Phillies in 2011.

25-year old righty David Herndon was a Rule 5 Pick last year that stuck with the Phillies the whole year. Herndon pitched in 47 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. He didn’t miss many bats as he gave up 67 hits in only 52 1/3 innings last year. Herndon will likely start this year in AAA.

27-year old righty Scott Mathieson came into this season as the Phillies’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA and a 4.20 WHIP. He has now pitched in 11 games (8 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 1-4 with a 7.62 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP. The clock is ticking on Mathieson who is starting to lose his prospect status.

29-year old lefty Dan Meyer is a longshot to win a spot with the Phillies in 2011. Meyer pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Marlins last year and he was 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA and a 2.90 WHIP. He has now pitched in 103 games (7 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 3-9 with 2 saves, a 5.46 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

29-year old righty Brian Bass is also a longshot to help the Phillies in 2011. Bass pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Pirates last year and he was 0-0 with a 12.27 ERA and a 2.59 WHIP. He has now pitched in 101 games (4 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 9-7 with 1 save, a 5.16 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE PHILLIES BULLPEN IN 2011: C-

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