Matt Strahm has been a bit of a Swiss Army knife for the 2023 Phillies. He has made nine starts (three as an “opener”) and 15 relief appearances. He hit a rough patch in the middle of June when over 6.1 innings in four games he allowed eight earned runs and four homeruns. He has since refound his rhythm and has a 3.78 era over the entirety of the season between both his starts and relief appearances. The 31-year old is the type of player that any successful team needs, a versatile, reliable, capable of multi-inning middle reliever.
The late addition to the bullpen has been surprisingly a good one. After signing a minor league deal with the Phillies in early April and then, essentially, forcing the Phillies to release him or call him up to the big-league team on May 4th, he has performed admirably. Over 17 appearances, he has held his opponent scoreless in 13 times and holds a 2.95 era. He even secured his one and only save of the year in extra innings against the Oakland A’s stranding the “ghost runner” on second in the 12th inning. As a minor league signing and middle relief pitcher, there isn’t much of a complaint you can levy.