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A Weary Pen

madson 0616.jpgThe Phillies needed Cole Hamels to pitch deep last night at Citizens Bank Park.

Sure, they did not play Monday, but the bullpen had thrown 27 1/3 innings in the previous five games — thanks to three extra-inning games and a rain delay Saturday that knocked Antonio Bastardo out after the first inning. That is a sick amount of innings. And while some relief pitchers say they would rather pitch than sit and stiffen up, in the long term the bullpen needs a break.

But the Blue Jays made Hamels work. He threw 110 pitches in six innings, which meant the bullpen had to protect the 3-2 lead.

It couldn’t. It walked eight batters in four innings (one was intentional) in an 8-3 loss in 10 innings.

Chad Durbin walked one batter in the seventh. J.C. Romero walked the bases loaded in a scoreless eighth. Ryan Madson blew his first save since he replaced injured closer Brad Lidge. He walked two in the ninth, including walking in the tying run. Clay Condrey walked two in the 10th when the Jays scored five runs to take the lead.

The bullpen has not thrown fewer than 3 1/3 innings in a game since June 9 in New York when they threw 2 2/3 innings.

They have not thrown fewer than 2 2/3 innings since June 5 in San Diego.

That is a remarkable 43 2/3 innings in the previous nine games, or nearly five innings per game.

Tired pen?

“It’s hard to say,” Charlie Manuel said. “You walk a lot of guys that is a sign they might be a little tired. But that’s baseball. That’s no excuse. If we’re tried then we’ll get rest and come back and get ’em. That’s all. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.”


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A Bunch of Tired Arms

durbin.jpgI think the Phillies are owed about a 2 hour, 30 minute game Sunday.

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.


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Rollins Has Retired From the Prediction Business

rollins is retired.JPGWe were talking to Jimmy Rollins on Wednesday about meeting President Barack Obama next week at the White House. Somebody asked him where that would rank compared to the celebration following Game 5 of the World Series, the parade down Broad Street and getting the World Series championship rings.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I can’t predict the future.”

Wait a second, yes he can. He predicted the Phillies would be the team to beat in 2007, and they were. He predicted 100 wins in 2008, and they won 103. So I reminded him that he is a prognosticator, and has predicted the future in the recent past.

That is when Rollins asked for the notebook in my hands and wrote down the following words:

“I am retired!!”

He actually had mentioned that during the first few days in Spring Training, but I guess I forgot. So just a reminder to everybody: Rollins is out of the prediction business. This is disappointing to me. It’s probably disappointing to the Mets, too. I mean, where are they going to get their offseason and Spring Training material from?


The Free JC t-shirts sold at The 700 Level are a popular item in the Phillies clubhouse. Rollins, Clay Condrey and Scott Eyre were wearing them before today’s game against the Rockies.


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So There's No Rose Ceremony?

bullpen.jpgPhillies relievers are about to become reality TV stars.

OK, not reality stars like Flavor Flav or Vern Troyer(and thank God for that). But MLB Productions has been in Clearwater for the past week, shooting the debut episode of The Pen, an inside look at the Phillies’ bullpen. It is MLB Network’s first original programming, and it is scheduled to debut June 1.

There will be six episodes through the all-star break.

“I think it’ll be pretty neat,” Clay Condrey said.

You’ll probably become a star, Clay.

“I ain’t no star,” he said.

The program is expected to give fans an inside look at how a bullpen operates (i.e. how individual relief pitchers work as a team). There also will be off-the-field footage to give fans a feel for what these guys are like.

Prom Night with the Phillies


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The Phillies put on tuxedos yesterday for a photo shoot for the cover of Phillies magazine. Here are a few candids Miles Kennedy took. The issue will be available in April.