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The bullpen was terrible in Cincinnati and the opener against New York, before settling down the last two games.
- Hernandez, Russell, and Neris gave up 5 eighth inning runs while blowing a 2-1 lead in the opener.
- Hinojosa gave up 2 runs in the ninth to blow another 2-1 lead in the ninth the next game.
- Stumpf and Oberholtzer gave up runs in a 10-6 loss in the get away game.
- Russell and Hernandez combined to give up tack on runs in the series opener against the Mets.
- Neris, Stumpf, Hernandez, and Gomez pitched no-hit, one-walk ball in relief of Vince Velasquez’ masterful 3-hit, 9 K, 6-inning effort against the Mets and Colon. They made Ryan Howard’s solo home run stand up in the 1-0 win.
- Russell, Neris, and Gomez protected Jeremy Hellickson’s 3-2 lead on the way to a 5-2 victory with 3.1 innings of no-hit, 4 K ball.
- Four of the five starters pitched well the first week of the season.
- Jeanmar Gomez looks like the closer for now.
- The Phillies top 3 hitters are pitchers. Eickhoff, Helickson, and Morton are all hitting .500.
- Cesar Hernandez (8-19, .421) is off to a hot start.
- The Phillies are 13th in the NL with a slash of .230/.275/.383/.658, but are ahead of Atlanta and New York.
- They have 7 HR, good enough for 6th in the NL. Howard leads the team two.
- They have a league worst 1 SB in 4 attempts.
- They have a league low 11 BB.
- Their 3 runs per game is lower than all but the Mets.
- Opposing pitchers haven’t found it necessary to intentionally walk a Phillies’ batter.
For those who don’t think it’s to early to worry about this, the Phillies two wins have raised their record to 2-4 but dropped them to the fifth pick in the 2017 draft behind MIN (0-6), ATL (0-5), MIA (1-3), and ARI (2-5). I don’t know about the Twins, but we could probably throw a couple bullpen games against the Braves to catch up (back?) to them.
Organization rosters for all full season teams have been updated from the affiliates’ web sites. They have been added as a selection on the Rosters selection on the menu.
Prior Week’s Transactions:
- 4/3 – Toronto Blue Jays acquired Chris Leroux from the Phillies in exchange for cash considerations.