After allowing eight more runs in three innings during Wednesday’s game, Philadelphia Phillies manager, Pete Mackanin expressed confidence in the Phillies bullpen, which has been less than stellar this season.
However, Phillies pitcher, Joaquin Benoit, who was given the loss, voiced his displeasure with Phillies officials, specifically with how the relievers have been handled.
During his outing on Wednesday, Benoit gave up five runs, six baserunners and only managed to record one out. After the game, he said that the lack of defined roles within the team’s bullpen should share some of the blame for the defensive struggles this season.
Benoit spoke with CSNPhilly about his frustrations with the decisions made. “I think it’s not just about us. I believe that if we have a set role, everybody will fall in place. Right now I think everybody is a different piece,” he said.
He continued, “Right now I believe that it would be better if everybody knows what the role is and when you’re going to contribute. One day I’m in the seventh, then I was the sixth, then the ninth, then the eighth. Right now I’m all over the place. It’s a little bit consistency. Not just the pitching staff but the people that run it, too.”
Benoit began as a setup man, but the Phillies have used the veteran in few different roles this season.
“If I’m going to be set in one place, I don’t mind [which inning I pitch],” Benoit said. “If that’s definitely the place I’m going to be, I don’t mind doing that every day. It’s consistency in one spot.”
The continuing struggles of the Phillies’ bullpen so far this season have surprised many, causing a lot of frustration as well.
At the start the season, there were a lot of positives about the team.
However, so far this season, coaches and fans have seen more negatives than positives.
With more than two-thirds of the season left to play, we hope the Phillies can turn things around and point themselves back into a positive direction.
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