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Don’t worry Phillies fans, help is on the way

May 10, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

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On the heels of being swept in a three-game series by the Mets to fall to 14-18 on the season, the last-place Phillies are conducting a mini roster shakeup.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies will promote left-handers Jake Diekman and Raul Valdes and infielder Hector Luna before tomorrow’s game against the Padres.

No word yet on the corresponding moves, but Joe Savery has already been optioned to Triple-A and Laynce Nix could be headed to the disabled list with a calf strain. The Phillies will need to clear space on the 40-man roster for both Valdes and Luna.

Diekman, 25, has an 0.59 ERA and 22/3 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season while the 34-year-old Valdes has a solid 3.86 ERA and 26/1 K/BB ratio over 21 innings. They’ll be added to a bullpen which has a major league worst 5.59 ERA. Luna, who has previously appeared in the majors with the majors with the Marlins, Blue Jays, Indians and Cardinals, will serve in a utility infielder role.

The Phillies might not be done there, though. Salisbury reports that infielder Mike Fontenot “could also be on his way in the coming days.” Fontenot, who signed a minor league deal with the club last month, is hitting .319/.373/.447 with six doubles and an .819 OPS over 52 plate appearances at the Triple-A level. He would presumably share playing time at second base with rookie Freddy Galvis, who has looked quite capable defensively, but is hitting just .213 with a .578 OPS across 99 plate appearances.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - May 10, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Any moves will help the bullpen at this point. Listen, the offense is a concern but the bullpen has been catastrophic thus far this season. Startling stat I heard earlier today….the Phillies have lost the last 8 games started by Halladay and Lee. Think about that for a minute.

    • bleedgreen - May 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      The offense doesn’t really concern me, honestly. They’ve been leading most of these games when the bullpen takes over. They’ve been scoring enough runs to win… the bullpen is giving them right back though. There was ONE game that was completely lost by the starter, and that was Halladay’s game in Atlanta.

      Pierre, Chooch, Nix, Orr, Wigginton are all hitting over 300. Polly is picking it up and so is Pence and Mayberry.

      Hell, Chooch and Nix have OPS over 900! Rollins and Victorino and Galvis are the only guys that need to get A LOT better, and Victorino is coming around as well. Galvis will get better with more playing time, and had 4 hits last night.

      How many games can we take a lead into the 7th or 8th only to have the likes of Schwimmer, Savery, Herdon and Qualls blow?

      • paperlions - May 11, 2012 at 7:56 AM

        Well, you should be worried about the offense because it is horrible. Yes, some things are going right…but you have to realize that the guys hitting well (Chooch, Nix, Pierre, Orr, Wiggington) are all above the career norms, many of them far above, and are not likely to maintain those levels….so when other guys come around a little, that will be balanced out by the inevitable decline of others.

        For the record, what Pence is doing so far is about normal for him. Last year he was far better than he ever was before, it is more likely that he’ll return to his previous levels than repeat last year.

        Even when this team gets Howard and Utley back, the offense will struggle as Howard is unlikely to be fully healthy until 2013, and the 2009 versions of Howard and Utley are long gone anyway.

    • bleedgreen - May 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      The offense doesn’t really concern me, honestly. They’ve been leading most of these games when the bullpen takes over. They’ve been scoring enough runs to win… the bullpen is giving them right back though. There was ONE game that was completely lost by the starter, and that was Halladay’s game in Atlanta.

      Pierre, Chooch, Nix, Orr, Wigginton are all hitting over 300. Polly is picking it up and so is Pence and Mayberry.

      Hell, Chooch and Nix have OPS over 900! Rollins and Victorino and Galvis are the only guys that need to get A LOT better, and Victorino is coming around as well. Galvis will get better with more playing time, and had 4 hits last night.

      How many games can we take a lead into the 7th or 8th only to have the likes of Schwimmer, Savery, Herndon, Contreras and Qualls blow?

      • xmatt0926x - May 10, 2012 at 9:52 PM

        Agreed. As much as we’ve all focused on the offense the fact is that the bullpen is the reason this team isn’t at least a couple games over .500 and just a couple games out of 1st. I’ll believe Chase Utley can play consistently again when I see it but at least we can hope against hope that he might come back this season. With the bullpen the problem is there seems to be nobody that you could at least point to as a possible addition other than maybe Diekman. Bastardo is still a big question. He fell off a cliff late last summer and hasn’t been the same since. An early 20’s player losing several miles off his fastball for this long to go along with loss of control concerns me. It’s not even as if he has shown flashes of his former self and he rarely has clean and dominant innings. It’s just tough to see how this bullpen won’t be an anchor weighing this team down for the rest of the season.

  2. bleedgreen - May 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Bah, stupid comment system.

  3. proudlycanadian - May 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    I am obviously not an expert on Philadelphia’s farm system, but to me it looks as if the reinforcements are not impressive.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 11, 2012 at 2:25 AM

      you aint a expert on ANYTHING so you should STFU, yea realy

  4. randygnyc - May 10, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    There’s no one in the line up that scares anyone and their bullpen can’t get anyone out= <.500

  5. phillyphan83 - May 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    idiots, the real reinforcements are Ry Ho and utley and don’t worry, they’re on their way soon too.

  6. ningenito78 - May 11, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    I’m just going to go ahead and assume the title of this article was blatant sarcasm.

  7. bleed4philly - May 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Everyone laughed when we signed Fontenot, he will save our season. You heard it here first!

  8. verytalldad - May 11, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    As a Nats fan, I am more concerned with your empty seats in your ballpark. Since the comments section here has proven that Phillies fans are all-powerful and all-loyal, the fact that there are any empty seats is frightening.

    But at least the “streak” is alive and phony.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/post/hey-look-empty-seats-at-citizens-bank-park/2012/05/09/gIQAYEBCDU_blog.html

    • paperlions - May 11, 2012 at 8:03 AM

      A quick check of attendance and team record shows that Philly fills the stadium when the team wins and falls way back to the middle of the pack when they don’t.

    • eaglesw00t - May 11, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      lol

      You look at a picture of the first pitch, and a picture of the 9th.

      I dont think I have ever been to a game in my life where anywhere CLOSE to the full attendance is seated at first pitch.

      Not to mention there was a Flyers playoff game across the street, and the Sixers were playing on the road.

      Gotta love that “Nat”itude….

    • rpink24 - May 11, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      You should probably concern yourself with the 25000 empty seats that the Expos have every night. There were also 2 playoff teams playing this week so that has some effect. Of course they arent going pack the park to capacity when the team has been brutal to watch, that’s only natural for any team.

    • delsj - May 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      It’s OK big guy. Philly has lived in the shadow of NY forever, so we know just what you are going through. You have a new found sense of pride in your team. The farm system is finally producing after years of stinking and your ownership has loosened the purse strings. Same thing happened to us when Citizens Bank Park was built and a much younger Jim Thome came to town.

      Starting tonight, the Phillies will sell out 5 straight games against the Padres & the Astros. I doubt that will ever happen in DC. In the words of Bob Uecker: “In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the [Nats] have started to win a few…”

  9. icanspeel - May 11, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Help is on the way alright.. the Padres are coming to Philly.

  10. dirtyharry1971 - May 11, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    soon the silly phillies will be back to losing 100 games a year and you know what? They deserve it and so do their pathetic fans!!! such trash, i hate you all so goodnite

  11. haligert - May 11, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    Who knows how this will all “play out”, otherwise what would be the point of playing 162 games. I can only “hope” some personnel changes will help..that’s all! As a fan of this team since the ’60s I will still watch, cheer and “curse” at them…I love the game and love the Phillies!

  12. digitaldonnie - May 11, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    No amount of farm players can help this over hyped under performing team. Again…….my team (1st place)<Phillies

    • eaglesw00t - May 11, 2012 at 8:30 AM

      Please remember to bring your “Nat”itude back to these posts at the end of the season when the Phils are in first yet again, and the Nats are dead last.

      You people love to talk a bunch of smack after a few weeks of ball, but baseball isnt a drag race. Its a marathon.

      just remember to come back and take your beating like a man come September.

    • ptfu - May 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      Did you just say that your first place team is LESS than the Phillies? Yep. Somehow I doubt that will strike fear in the hearts of the Phaithful (phaithphul?). Better check those grade school math symbols.

      When it comes to Philly trolling, I’m on the sidelines watching with mild detached amusement. However, this bit of unintentional hilarity was too much to resist.

      • cleverbob - May 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        Ha, he hasn’t corrected that yet? You’d think he’d make sure to get it right if he planned on repeating it. Greedy duck eats the greater amount…

  13. jblah - May 11, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    i’m very concerned about the phills. i think we are going to have to start over with everyone. we don’t have any up and coming players, we don’t have the offense, our players are not getting any younger, and our bullpen is terrible. if i were you i would be worried.

  14. greymares - May 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    time to change the attitude and energy on this team and though i am happy that they are attempting to change some players, they need to change a real piece, my choice is Rollins he has the worst attitude and is so full of himself it’s sickning. beleive me it would be no great loss and a kick in the butt for the team.

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