Tyler Cloyd All Good and Ready for Promotion
John Lannan screamed in pain and fled from the field last night, meaning somebody’s in for a good old fashion promotion!
Jun 12, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd (50) before throwing a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
And that someone seems likely to be Tyler Cloyd. Congratulations, Tyler! Don’t screw this up, or the Phillies will fall even further out of third place.
So, how’s Tyler been doing down at triple A? Well, he’s thrown 106.2 innings, striking out 87, walking 23, and giving up 116 god damn hits. He’s only thrown one wild pitch, hot only one guy, and balked a single time. So he’s got that stuff under control.
Last night, Cloyd stepped into the spotlight for the IronPigs, hurling a complete game with 116 pitches, only allowing three hits and a walk. Also, Pete Orr was the hero offensively. Bring him up, toO! Bring everybody up. Just do it all. This is fun.
At the Major League level this season, Cloyd has appeared in the same number of games as last year, with slightly more innings pitched, and a run and a half lower ERA. Actually, he’s pitched better up there, when filling Roy Halladay’s shoes, than he did with the IronPigs.
So things will probably be fine, as long as Cloyd’s weird confidence, that escaped him at triple A but seemed okay as a Major Leaguer, is maintained. And how could joining this team not inspire confidence? Have you heard about Casper Wells? He can’t get enough of the 2013 Phillies. What a catch that dude is.
Who knows, though, if Cloyd is even the guy they’ll want to bring up. Maybe there’s some other long reliever that the Phillies want to see or something. That’d be exciting.