Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.
Spring training is almost over and the Phillies camp is down to 36 players. As they pare the roster down to 25 players, I wonder where they are going to find starters and innings behind Hamels and Buchanan. I wonder where they are going to generate runs during innings when Utley doesn’t bat. I wonder how long a promising bullpen can survive behind a starting staff that doesn’t look like it can throw a lot of innings. I wonder who we can rely upon to come off the bench and pinch hit. I wonder about the outfield defense, and the defense as a whole.As they pare down the roster this week, it seems apparent that they will have difficulty scoring runs as well as shutting down the other team’s hitters during the 2015 season. Not a winning combination for a major league team.
I saw Aaron Harang pitch twice this week, once against minor leaguers and then against the Tigers yesterday. Against both squads, he was able to get through the line up once with his 89-91 mph fast ball and array of secondary pitches. But that second time through … The minor leaguers made a lot of hard contact for singles and runs, the Tigers a lot of extra base hits and runs.
At the Tigers game, I saw Papelbon chatting up the Tigers bullpen coach. A friend in the Terrace, said that Paps spoke to the coach most of the game. We joked that maybe he was networking for a possible future opening in Detroit. A couple of Tigers fans who overheard our conversation were hopeful for such a deal. They are less than enamored with their recent closer signing. If only fans could be GMs.