Fresh off his complete-game shutout of the Padres, 25-year-old right-hander J.D. Durbin could be making matters a little more complicated for a team searching for outside pitching help.
Beerleaguer: I’m surprised more people haven’t said the Phillies found a reliable starter right under their noses. As effective as Durbin pitched yesterday, they haven’t. They still need another starter. But it’s nice to know they have a little depth Kyle Kendrick starts getting bombed. And perhaps his presence will keep Adam Eaton on his toes; Eaton hasn’t sniffed the ninth inning this season.
The Padres looked like a frustrated, beaten team yesterday, and who can blame them? The Phillies offense is unstoppable right now and battered them Friday and Saturday, finishing the job with nine runs yesterday and a 3-1 series win. Durbin was helped by about six one-pitch outs, but still. The Real Deal looked composed and deserves credit. It was a great game.
While I don't think Durbin can be counted on as the answer, he definitely helped make his case to stay on through the season, at least as a long man. Durbin would need to pass through waivers in order to be sent back to the minor leagues, a risk the Phils are probably reluctant to take.