Oh, Those Pitching Problems
“It’s not too bad,” he said. “I’m only a couple days away. I really am.”
Here is how this week’s rotation sets up because of yesterday’s rainout:
– Tonight in St. Louis: RHP Joe Blanton (0-2, 8.41 ERA)
– Tomorrow night in St. Louis: RHP Brett Myers (1-2, 4.83 ERA)
– Wednesday in New York: RHP Chan Ho Park (0-1, 8.57 ERA)
– Thursday in New York: LHP Jamie Moyer (3-1, 5.65 ERA)
– Friday vs. Atlanta: Hamels (0-2, 7.27 ERA)
Phillies starters have a 6.71 ERA after 22 games, which is the worst mark in baseball and almost a run worse than the second-worst team in baseball: the Boston Red Sox, who have a 5.75 ERA. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee have been asked plenty about the rotation’s troubles recently, but Dubee didn’t say much yesterday about Park’s situation.
Park’s job is on the line. Not that he has pitched much worse than Blanton (opponents have hit .371 against Blanton compared to .333 against Park), but Park is in the rotation because he won a close competition in Spring Training. And, frankly, Blanton isn’t going anywhere.
“When Charlie wants to talk, we’ll talk,” Dubee said about Park.
Park has pitched more than five innings just once in four starts.
“None of our guys have (pitched deep),” Dubee said. “Chan Ho has pitched as deep into a game as anybody. He pitched seven innings once, didn’t he? That’s as deep as anybody has gotten this year.”
But is Dubee still confident Park can do the job?
“He’s getting the ball,” Dubee said. “Yeah, we’re confident.”
Park had two walks and 25 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings in Spring Training.
“Spring Training is a different bird,” Dubee said. “That’s why I don’t evaluate guys in Spring Training. That’s why I don’t like guys competing for jobs in Spring Training. Spring Training is not a true indicator, but I don’t think he’s been as aggressive in the strike zone. He’s getting into a lot of good hitter’s counts.”
My guess is that Park gets one or two more starts to prove himself. The Phillies promised Park they would give him an opportunity to win a job in the rotation. They never promised him that he got to keep it.