It was announced that Philadelphia Phillies manager, Pete Mackanin has chosen Pat Neshek as the team’s closer on an interim basis.
During last Tuesday night’s game against the Braves, Hector Neris was pulled after giving up two hits in the ninth inning.
Neshek earned his first save of the season, as he recorded the final two outs of the game.
Although Neris has an ERA of 3.49, his ERA when pitching in the ninth inning is 5.87.
He also has a WHIP of 1.306.
According to Mackanin, Neris “was unhittable last year,” and he wants to get Neris back to his old form.
Mackanin also wants Neris to work on his splitter.
We began the season with Jeanmar Gomez as the closer, but that plan failed.
Then, the Phillies tried Joaquin Benoit, who also failed to get the job done.
Mackanin then turned to Hector Neris, but apparently, according to the coaching staff, that plan doesn’t seem to be working either.
With Pat Neshek being named as the new Phillies closer, it’s no secret that the team is almost out of options.
Luckily, Neshek has been very successful so far this season.
He has earned himself an ERA of 0.75 and a WHIP of 0.800.
No matter how you look at it, the numbers do not lie.
As many would agree, with those season stats, Neshek may be the only Phillie deserving to be on the All-Star team.
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