Thursday, July 1, 2010

Philadelphia Phillies' 10 Item Checklist to Overtake the Braves and Mets- Part 2

Phillies Danny Baez
Part 2 of 12

1. Danys Baez becomes the 12th pitcher

Ruben Amaro's offseason free agent acquisition of Danys Baez was supposed to provide a key contributor in the bullpen and minimize the loss of Chan Ho Park. To put it nicely, it hasn't worked out that way. 

Despite considerable juice on his fastball, Baez has displayed the type of poor command that keeps big leaguers on the farm. Considering the team's large investment in him, it is doubtful that Baez is going anywhere, though. 

Accordingly, the best scenario for the Phillies is to have Baez's pitching adventures pushed to a long relief role. If his work primarily comes when there is a large differential in the game score, perhaps he can right himself with minimal risk to the club. 

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