Beerleaguer for breakfast: Starter Jamie Moyer and reliever Geoff Geary allowed six runs in the seventh inning, and the rest of the bullpen allowed three more to cross home in a rain-soaked, heavily managed, annoying night at Citizens Banks Park.
You know what I hate? The bullpen. I've been cranky about for two seasons, since the days Billy Wagner and company made it a modest strength and "Hollaback Girl" was a summer hit. Team ERA is 4.86, second worst in the NL now, but the true measure for bullpen, which may still be in worse shape than the rotation despite all the injuries and incoming freshmen, might be the number of sleepless nights suffered since the season began. Counting blown leads, plus runs allowed that prevented the Phillies from catching up in games they trailed, resident Beerleaguer bullpen killjoy, Clout, unofficially counts 14 losses attributable to the bullpen. Believe it. Last night was also a textbook example of why ERA is generally useless in critiquing a bullpen. Most of the Reds' nine runs were charged to pitchers sitting on the bench, watching relievers spoil it.
Readers are sure to ponder which pitchers will go to make room for two starters for the weekend series with the Mets. The no-frills response to that would be "Does it matter?" At least half are worthy of demotion or release. It’s as bad as at any point of writing this site.
And I still wish we had this guy. [Link]