ONE GAME IN, PHILLIES’ CLOSER IS AN OPEN THREAD!

By Sam Bush

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has a closer problem.

“I’m concerned,” Mackanin said about Jeanmar Gomez’s shaky performance on Monday (above). “I had two guys up in the ‘pen in that ninth inning [Joely Rodriguez and Pat Neshek]. He’s just not getting the ball down the way he did when he was successful. I want to make sure that he gets opportunities, but at the same time, I don’t want to let games slip away.

“He has to execute. Like I said, for me, he’s earned the right to be the closer for right now. But he’s got to get the ball down.

“I like what I saw from Benoit, from Neris. Ramos has the stuff to be a closer. Neshek I haven’t seen enough of,” Mackanin said. “But I certainly have options. I don’t want to make too big of a deal out of it, but I owe it to the team to do what I think is best for the team.”

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