With all of this said, JoJo Romero is back and has a chance to really show the Phillies why he deserves a chance. One of the added benefits of this is the Phillies will have two lefties for the first time this season. When Jose Alvarado can’t pitch, at least they have someone else to go to, if needed.
Romero might not get many chances. For the team’s sake and Romero’s, let’s hope he makes the most of them.
There could be a reliever battle between Vince Velasquez and JoJo Romero.
So far this year, Vince Velasquez has appeared in just one game, while everyone else has at least two appearances. There is a clear lack of trust in Vince Velasquez from the Phillies. If the right-hander can’t get things together in the bullpen, it is not impossible to think it will be his last chance in Philadelphia.
Romero has a chance to be up here for a while. There is an argument to make that Romero would be better to have up now. He is younger, and at this point, has more potential. At least Romero showed some promise in 2020, and he is a notably lefty.
The three-batter rule certainly has changed the landscape of the southpaw specialist, but still it could be a benefit to have another option instead of just Alvarado for some more versatility.
At the end of the day, if Romero is just as bad as Vince, having this versatility would benefit the overall bullpen. If Romero is in fact better, then the Velasquez experiment might finally be over.