As a whole the Phillies bullpen has been strong this season allowing the eighth-fewest runs per game, blowing the second-fewest saves, and having the third-most holds in baseball.
Where the problems come are with the closer and some of the vets in the pen. Hector Neris’ inconsistency this season is a major storyline and the team is taking notice.
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Edubray Ramos and Seranthony Dominguez have gotten the chance to close this year, and Dominguez’ effectiveness is drawing attention around baseball.
Two days ago he pitched two perfect innings and got the save against St. Louis throwing 31 pitches, 20 for strikes. He’s yet to allow a hit in 6.2 innings pitched this year, and the only base runner he’s allowed was a hit-by-pitch versus the Mets.
Tommy Hunter’s struggles have also become something of note, allowing six hits and two runs in his last three appearances. The Phillies’ $18 million man has had as many two-hit games then no/one-hit appearances.
Victor Arano is back from the disabled list, and Mark Leiter Jr. is getting work in with Lehigh Valley after coming back from injury. Arano has a 1.52 ERA in 21 career appearances with 27 strikeouts and only four earned runs allowed.