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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Rupp sent out to make room for Drew Hutchison on Phillies Roster

Remember Drew Hutchison? He’s back. In NRI/long reliever form. Giving the Phillies two long relievers, along with Mark Leiter Jr. This on a team that is also expected to have a short bench, making an unnecessary choice between Roman Quinn and Jesmuel Valentin for the last spot. The obsession with relievers only gets worse.

Sad to see Rupp go after 4 1/2 seasons dating back to when there were still World Series winners all over the squad, but Andrew Knapp has been better than expected (his plate discipline can only be described as “amazing, for a backup catcher”) and Rupp has been worse.

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 25, 2018 at 06:28 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: blue jays, phillies, roster battles

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   1. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: March 26, 2018 at 12:43 AM (#5642925)
Pretty sure Mark Leiter Jr is starting the year on the DL--he got pulled from a game over the weekend with forearm tightness.
   2. stevegamer Posted: March 26, 2018 at 01:13 AM (#5642926)
He is, but they need a spot on the 40 man roster right now. I hope he lands somewhere, he's a MLB quality catcher.

The Kingery deal is way more unexpected than this, and roster construction is looking bad.
   3. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 26, 2018 at 09:54 AM (#5642968)
I thought Leiter Jr. was out for like a week. Turns out it's into May at least.

But really, it seems weird to prioritize Drew Hutchison for the important role of long reliever. And now it turns out the "short bench / long bullpen" might just be assuming the absence of Kingery anyway.
   4. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 26, 2018 at 09:56 AM (#5642972)
Oh, and I try to put the writer's name in these submissions but I forgot. The esteemed and overlooked Bob Brookover.
   5. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 26, 2018 at 10:10 AM (#5642987)
But really, it seems weird to prioritize Drew Hutchison for the important role of long reliever.


FWIW, Hutchison pitched well this spring.

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