Romero ‘Done’ In Philly
“It was a fun ride. It’s over. It’s done,” J.C. Romero said.
The Phillies designated Romero for assignment following yesterday’s 3-0 victory over Florida. Romero had a 3.86 ERA in 24 appearances this season, but the ERA was misleading. He allowed 16 hits and 12 walks in 16 1/3 innings. He struck out 10. In his last three seasons with the Phillies, Romero walked more batters (54) than he struck out (50). In the last three seasons he ranks 207th out of 213 relief pitchers in the big leagues in base runners allowed per nine innings (15.63) and last in strikeout-to-walk ratio (0.93).
Command kill Romero’s chances of remaining with the team. Well, that and the emergence of left-hander Antonio Bastardo. The Phillies weren’t sure what they had in Bastardo before the season started. They loved his stuff, but he had never pitched consistently or been able to stay healthy. Bastardo has been fantastic, which made Romero expendable.
Romero was a godsend to the Phillies’ bullpen in 2007 and 2008. The Phillies pitched Romero, Brett Myers and Tom Gordon in nearly every game down the stretch in ’07 as the Phillies won their first NL East championship in 14 years. Romero continued to pitch well in 2008, picking up wins in Games 3 and 5 of the World Series. But that was three years ago. Bastardo is the better pitcher today.
The Phillies have 10 days to dispose of Romero’s contract. They can trade him, release him or put him on waivers. If he clears waivers, the Phillies could try to send him to Triple-A, but Romero has enough service time to reject the assignment. It sounds like he will.
Where should I eat lunch Friday in Seattle? I’ve been eating like garbage lately, so send me someplace where I can get some sushi or seafood.