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Phillies' bad bullpen usage, illustrated

5/9/2012

As if Phillies fans didn't have reason enough to be exasperated with the way the first month-plus of action has gone for their club, over on Crashburn Alley, Bill Baer has come up with a visual presentation of how Jonathan Papelbon has basically gone underutilized in the Phillies' bullpen, sitting by unused as key in-game situations get handed to just about everybody else associated with the organization, Philly Phanatic-inclusive. If you're looking for a great example for how the obsession with accumulating saves instead of saving leads can pervert reliever pitcher usage patterns, Bill's given you one here. Be ready for a vigorous discussion on the points, but be ready: Bill knows his stuff, especially where the Phillies (and their dissatisfactions) are concerned. Check it out!