Changes Abound For Phils In NLCS
(Photo: Rusty Kennedy/AP)
(Photo: Rusty Kennedy/AP)

Posted Oct 15, 2009


The Phillies have made a couple of interesting roster moves and have done a little rearranging on their rotation for the NLCS showdown with Los Angeles.

In Game Four of the NLDS, Charlie Manuel wound up with Miguel Cairo in left field, because he didn't have anyone else to put there after making a double-switch earlier in the game and then having to make a couple of other moves to get the right hitters at the plate in key spots. The problem was that Cairo had played just nine games in left field over the past six seasons and hadn't played there since he played two games in left for Seattle in 2008.

Maybe in a middle of the season game or a game where you've got a nice, comfy lead, that wouldn't be such a big deal. But when you're trying to clinch the NLDS and have a one-run lead going to the bottom of the ninth, Cairo in left field is a big deal.

With that in mind, the Phillies have added Eric Bruntlett to the roster for the NLCS. Bruntlett played a handful of games in left for the Phillies this season and played 29 games there last season. While he's not going to be confused with a gold glove caliber outfielder, he's adequate in left field and is at least comfortable there.

The Phillies also added reliever Chan Ho Park to the roster. Ironically, Park was pitching against the Phillies in last year's NLCS and threw 1 2/3 innings, allowing a hit and a walk. Park, who was an all-star with the Dodgers in 2001, spent the early part of his career as a starter, but has developed nicely as a reliever.

To make room for Bruntlett and Park, the Phillies dropped two pitchers - Kyle Kendrick and Brett Myers - from the postseason roster. Kendrick didn't pitch against Colorado and Myers threw just 2/3 of an inning, walking two hitters (one of them intentionally).

If Myers isn't reactivated at some point in the series or isn't added to the roster for the World Series, should the Phillies go that far, he might have thrown his last pitch as a Phillie. Myers is eligible for free agency following the season and could wind up signing elsewhere either as a starter or reliever.

Meanwhile, the Phillies will go with Pedro Martinez - another ex-Dodger - to start Game Two on Friday. Martinez hasn't pitched since September 30th and managed a combined seven innings in his last two starts of the season with the Phillies.

Cliff Lee, who pitched the clinching game on Monday, will come back to start Game Three in Philadelphia on Sunday and either Joe Blanton or J.A. Happ will start Game Four. Both Blanton and Happ will be available in the bullpen early in the NLCS, just as they were against Colorado in the NLDS.

The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw in Game One, followed by Vicente Padilla, Huroki Kuroda and Randy Wolf. In what is perhaps a wise move, manager Joe Torre chose not to have Padilla start a game in Philadelphia. Early in his career, Padilla pitched for the Phillies and posted an overall mark of 49-49 with a 3.98 ERA, but most of his best performances came early in his stint with the Phillies. In his final two seasons with the Phillies, Padilla went 16-19 with a 4.63 ERA and was involved in some off-the-field issues, making him unpopular with the Phillies faithful. Had Padilla started in Philly, he would have likely been greeted with a rough welcome by the fans and Padilla can become easily flustered in tough situations.




Related Stories
Should Pedro Stay on Phils Postseason Roster?
 -by FightinsFuture.com  Oct 14, 2009
Inside the Numbers: Starting Pitchers
 -by FightinsFuture.com  Oct 27, 2009
Papa Pedro Ready For New York
 -by FightinsFuture.com  Oct 29, 2009

PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION INCLUDES
> Members-only Forums
> Insider Information
> MiLB &
   MLB Draft News
> Expert Chats

Sign Up Today!

Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from FightinsFuture.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
SP Pedro Martinez (profile)
SP Brett Myers (profile)
P Chan Ho Park (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Baseball > Englewood HS > Alumni
Baseball > Philadelphia
[View My HotList]