Martin Moved to Bullpen

Ethan MartinIf Ethan Martin’s confidence has been rattled following seven rough starts in the big leagues, Roy Halladay offered some perspective this week.

He handed Martin one of his baseball cards, which showed his 10.64 ERA in 2000 with the Blue Jays. It is the highest ERA for any pitcher in baseball history with 50 or more innings pitched in a single season.

“He wrote a little note on his card to Ethan, to remind this kid, that, you might be taking your lumps now, but there’s a lot of good that’s going to come down the road in the future if you continue to learn, continue to have the heart to go out there,” said Rich Dubee, who announced today Martin will finish the season in the bullpen. “Ethan definitely has the heart and the mound presence.”

Right-hander Tyler Cloyd will assume Martin’s spot in the rotation the remainder of the year.

“It doesn’t really click in until Halladay came over and said, ‘Hey, do you know holds the record for highest ERA with over 50 innings pitched in the big leagues in a year?’ I said no, and he said, ‘Well, I did,’” Martin said. “Then he came and handed me the card with a 10-point-something ERA and had it highlighted. When you look at that … I’m still upset with how I’ve done, but it makes you say, OK, there’s still a chance I can still be that starter or whatever I have to do. I’m just taking that in, and once I’m down there (in the bullpen) I’ll come in for an inning or whatever they want me to do and give it all I have.

“I was really stunned. Dubee told me to go look at (Greg) Maddux and (Tom) Glavine, and it was the same kind of situation. It’s crazy to think back and see what they did throughout their careers, and where Roy is now, and they had rough starts. I guess I learn from these last seven starts, and just build off of it.”

Martin went 2-4 with a 6.90 ERA in seven starts. It has been speculated Martin might end up in the bullpen because he has a big arm that could serve the Phillies well in the late innings.

Martin has been successful the first time through the lineup, but the longer he has pitched the less effective he has been. Opponents have hit just .200 (11-for-55) against him the first time they see him. He has walked just six, but struck out 23. But after the first time through the lineup, opponent have hit .324 (22-for-68) with 15 walks and 11 strikeouts.

“I think he’s a gem,” Dubee said. “I think he really is going to be a gem in this league. Right now he’s got a lot of innings. We’re just trying to protect him from the workload and also see what he looks like in the bullpen.

“I’m not afraid to put him in the eighth inning right now. Again, this is all trial and error. It will be interesting to see how he handles it. His stuff has played phenomenally well the first time through a lineup. I don’t know if it’s because of fatigue. I don’t know if it’s because he burns up too much energy, but his stuff shortens up the second and third time through. He will play some big role on a pitching staff. It will be a nice little change to take a different look at him.”

12 Comments

this is easily one of the highlights of this season – so awesome to see Doc step up like some (not all) the veterans have not.

Yes, one of the veterans not stepping up is Rollins who is only interested in padding his personal stats. Sandberg should sit him on the bench and forget he is there. Thank you Ruben for signing him to a ridiculous contract when 29 other teams did not have any interest in him.

Why this incessant bashing of Rollins? How about all of the other Phillies who have not showed up for work this season? Among these I would list Halladay, Lee, and Hamels.

You really do not know a thing about baseball! Talking about not showing up for 2 years and when he does he is so out of shape Manuel had to practically play him in every grapefruit league game “to get him shape for the season”–Ryan Howard at 125 million dollars another Ruben catastrophic signing. The prevailing thought is to trade Howard, however No team will assume the contract. As far as Rollins goes (wishing to another team & again no team will take him or his contract) close game with Braves — Rollins hits a shallow fly and of course Rollins does not run it out until he sees the ball is dropped and tries to take second and is OUT. Maybe if you ran out of the box you could of had second. Might have made a big difference in a game won by the Phillies 2 to1 on a Ashe 2 run home run. I am not bashing Rollins: just telling it like it is. Nice example for the young players. I guess he thought the fly ball would not add to HIS PERSONNAL records.

Pherriswheel, I believe this video was made specifically for you:

Good move. We need a long man.

why ruin the rookies confidence. put kendrick back as the long man, considering the season is finished for the phillies and besides i don’t think kendrick will be back next year.

Because Kendrick has pitched better than Martin and they want to see how Martin pitches out of the pen? Did you even read the article?

kendrick is one of the reasons we will loose 85-90 games this season. if he does not have his act together by now it is time for kendrick to move on.

Halladay is a class act! It’s always nice to hear when the veterans take. An interest in the younger players.

Absolutely, Halladay is a class act. Talk to D. Brown about the mentoring Chase has done with him. Yes the Phillies do have SOME “class acts” on their team.

Off topic – but what is that white thing by Martin’s head in the photo? It looks like someone threw a water balloon at him.

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