Searching For Arms
June 24, 2007
The long marathon journey to October baseball has gotten a little more treacherous for the Phillies.
Not good news on veteran starter Jon Lieber. He now joins Brett Myers, Tom Gordon, Freddy Garcia and Francisco Rosario on the disabled list. As you’ve read in all the news reports, Lieber’s stay may be a lengthy one.
Pitching is such a rare commodity. It is razor thin.
According to Dave W. Smith of retrosheet.org, Jamie Moyer was one of six pitchers over 40 years of age to start on Friday. That has not happened in the last 51 seasons.
Yesterday in major league baseball, there were 14 games played. Complete games? Try zero! A total of 76 relievers were used.
The Phillies have used 14 pitchers in the pen this season. Only two were on the active roster when the season started on April 3, Antonio Alfonseca and Geoff Geary.
The rotation now exists of Moyer, RHP Adam Eaton, LHP Cole Hamels and rookie Kyle Kendrick. Only Hamels was with the club a year ago at this time. Kendrick was at Reading when this month started.
There’s a day off tomorrow and again on July 5, but in the meantime there are 10 games in nine days starting Tuesday, including a day-night doubleheader with the Mets on Friday.
What will the Phillies do?
Trading for pitching is difficult simply because the demand exceeds the supply. Plus, any team that now may have pitching to deal knows the Phillies’ situation so the price goes up.
Waiver claims are a potential, but slim. Signing a pitcher who was released is another avenue to travel. Lefty reliever J. C. Romero, signed Friday by the Phillies after being let go by the Red Sox, is someone worth taking a chance, as was Jose Mesa. Romero is currently with the Gulf Coast League club in Clearwater getting in some work.
Homegrown is another option. Over the next few days, the Phillies will be checking with their minor league staff so see what options exist.
It appears as if the Phillies are going to be busy in the transactions department this week.