It’s no secret the Phillies starters have put the bullpen in a tough spot. Andrew Bellatti was abused early. Connor Brogdon is going through it now. Meanwhile, Matt Strahm is asked to play a ton of different roles.
He seems to be willing to take the ball whenever Rob Thomson asks. Which is great. But I’m wondering if the innings will catch up to him.
Strahm already logged 41.1 innings this year. To put it in perspective, last season he finished with 44.2 innings and in 2021 he threw 6.2 innings.
The last time Strahm completed anything over 100 was back in 2019 when pitching for the Padres.
Thankfully, the Phillies have a chance to skip their 5th starting rotation spot this week with an off day after the Nationals series. What Dave Dombrowski needs to do though is find a competent arm so they don’t need to use Strahm as an opener.
Dylan Covey isn’t working. He should not get another opportunity on the mound.
It sounds like Jose Alvarado will be making his return in the upcoming Dodgers series barring any setbacks during his rehab assignment.
There’s no reason to panic yet. I’m just keeping my eye on things. Fatigue is no joke during the long seasons. Quite frankly, I believe Zack Wheeler is still feeling the side effects of how much he threw during their postseason run. It doesn’t help when Schwarber is in left field. Who knows where Wheeler’s pitch count would have been if the defense made simple plays?
Anyway, I just love what this bullpen can be in theory. There’s a lot of depth there.
Craig Kimbrel, Seranthony Dominguez, Jose Alvarado, Gregory Soto, Andrew Vasquez, Connor Brogdon (when pitching well), Matt Strahm, and the rest of the gang is pretty impressive.
I don’t want him to burn out and it starts by finding a valuable 5th starter.