Last night before bed, I jotted down some ideas for future posts and never got around to fleshing them out. Here they are in bullet form.
-- I read a piece in ESPN magazine recently on how one-time pitching gurus Leo Mazzone and Rick Peterson are out of work and I got to thinking whether Rich Dubee has raised his status into one of the premiere pitching coaches in the league. Breakout seasons and career bests abounded in 2008 and it’s a safe guess that past failures had more to do with staffing issues on the part of the Phillies' front office. So is Dubee hot pitching coach property these days?
-- What should one expect from Joe Blanton next season? We can all agree he was one of the unheralded heroes of the postseason and his brief time in Philadephia is generally regarded as a success, but he came to town with some baggage, including a lot of miles on his arm from his time in Oakland. Will he continue to post cavernous home/away splits? Will his K-rate improve? Can his weird delivery hold up?
-- Scott Eyre has something to prove; I talked to him at the winter tour and he made it clear that serving as a club’s lone situational lefthander is nothing new to him. We continue to expect the Phils to pick up additional help, but there’s a strong chance it isn’t coming, and even if it does, Eyre will still serve a major role. He might be just fine at it. In fact, even when Romero returns, by then, the job of top situational lefty could be Eyre's to lose. Remember: Eyre has been a model of consistency over his career and basically had one bad stretch with Chicago, where Romero has fluctuated a couple times from outstanding to terrible.