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But now, after a horrendous May, where Hernandez' ERA for the month was 10.80 and batters were hitting .333 against him, the handwriting is on the wall; it's time to let Roberto go. In his seven appearances in May, he allowed ten runs - 8 earned - walked eight, gave up nine hits, and saw his season ERA go from a respectable 3.27 in April to 6.11 at the end of May. National League batters are hitting .300 against him for the season, and he's allowing almost two batters on base (either by base hit or walk) for every inning he pitches. For a player whose main job is to get the key out, he has been failing miserably.
In a bullpen with Billy Wagner, Tim Worrell, and Rheal Cormier, there seemed to be no place for Hernandez, but Larry Bowa & Ed Wade fit him in. When Cormier - who is still pitching somewhat inconsistently - struggled early, they turned to Hernandez, and he didn't do the job. But are there any other options? We have seen Ryan Madson come in this year and be almost unhittable. Amaury Telemaco has done a fine job in the long relief role, and even recent call-up Elizardo Ramirez has shown flashes of brilliance. Why Bowa needs to turn to Roberto Hernandez is a mystery.
Another scrap-heap pitcher is not what the Phillies needed out in the bullpen; what they need is another lefty to compliment Cormier (and Wagner, when he gets healthy). It is true that lefty relievers who can do the job are a scarce commodity, but what the league has an abundance of right now is righties who can't get guys out. The Phillies have one as well; it wouldn't hurt to throw another one on the pile. Bye-bye, Roberto.
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