It may have gotten a wee bit tougher for us to sell our brilliant “99 Problems but a Pitch Ain’t One” t-shirts. While the Philadelphia Phillies’ starting pitching has lived up to all the hype, their bullpen is starting to break down a bit.
With closer Brad Lidge already on the DL, we learned today that his replacement, Jose Contreras, is also being sent to the disabled list with a right flexor pronator strain. That’s a bum elbow in case you don’t feel like looking that up or spending years in medical school to find out more.
That means that Ryan Madson, who has had problems closing out games in the past, will take over the ninth-inning role. Madson is coming off two straight saves against the San Diego Padres, but didn’t close out today because it was a maintenance day. Antonio Bastardo, who has been very good so far this year, got the final out for Roy Halladay on just one pitch as the Phils swept the four-game series on Sunday.
So far this season, Madson has a 1.00 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in nine innings. He’s 2-0 with two saves, but let us remind you that those two saves were against the Padres. Yes, the Padres….the worst hitting team in the entire league.
The Phils need to weather this storm as there is no timetable for Contreras return and Lidge is out until at least June.