By Sam Bush
The Phillies have a Closer by Committee bullpen situation, and manager Gabe Kapler exemplified that in yesterday’s victory at Baltimore.
Edubray Ramos got the hook in the bottom of the ninth even though he had struck out Jonathan Schoop swinging on three pitches and Mark Trumbo swinging on three pitches.
Kapler then called for Hector Neris (above) to face the left-handed-hitting Chris Davis, who grounded out to end the game.
“I actually think it’s just the opposite,” Kapler said after the game. “I think we’re playing what we believe is most likely to happen.
“Let’s be very clear. I just want to be clear about one thing: This is about the talent of the players. Once we’ve established the talent of the players, we want to really know what that talent looks like. So we know that Ramos’ slider is very effective against right-handed hitters. It’s been true for over a year. So we give him that opportunity. That creates that confidence. He’s going to walk out of there feeling like a million bucks.
“Guess who else is going to feel like a million bucks? Hector Neris. He just got a huge out for us. It’s not always going to work out like this. But this is what we believe, putting our pitchers in the best positions to have success.”