A Bunch of Tired Arms
They also wouldn’t mind J.A. Happ pitching about, oh, nine innings in the series finale against the Red Sox. Antonio Bastardo lasted just one inning tonight (make that last night) in an 11-6 loss because of a 1 hour, 35 minute rain delay. That meant another long day for the Phillies bullpen.
The bullpen already threw 16 innings Wednesday through Friday as the Phillies played three consecutive extra innings games for the first time since June 4-6, 2000. They threw another eight innings tonight.
That is 24 innings for the bullpen in the last four games.
That is a ridiculous amount of work. So much so that I would expect the Phillies to make another roster move before tomorrow’s game.
The bullpen has pitched well this season, but they certainly need a break. (They at least have a day off Monday.) They entered last night ranked fifth in the National League with a 3.48 ERA. But they also ranked fifth in the league with 201 2/3 innings pitched.
The Phillies played just 58 games to get those 201 2/3 innings. The teams ranked ahead of them had played more games: the Marlins (219 2/3 innings in 63 games), Dodgers (211 1/3 innings in 61 innings), Astros (208 2/3 innings in 59 games) and Padres (204 2/3 innings in 59 games).
Three Phillies relievers also ranked in the top 10 in the league in innings pitched:
– Right-hander Clay Condrey, who is 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA, ranked sixth at 32 2/3 innings. He pitched a scoreless eighth inning last night, despite the fact Charlie Manuel said he wanted to stay away from him because he recently has had an issue with his back. Condrey told me after the game “it’s just a tick” and nothing to be alarmed about. (Manuel also said right-hander Chan Ho Park is tender, which explains why he did not pitch.)
– Right-hander Chad Durbin ranked seventh at 32 innings. He threw three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, taking over for Bastardo in the second. Durbin lowered his ERA from 4.22 to 3.86. He deserved a medal last night. He got a sore arm instead.
– Right-hander Ryan Madson, who is the closer while Brad Lidge is on the disabled list, ranks tied for eighth at 31 1/3 innings. He did not pitch. They’re hoping they need him tomorrow.