With Mike Stutes down and Vance Worley demoted, the Phillies were forced to use Danys Baez in a role he was originally signed to fill. True to form, he weakly folded.
Beerleaguer: Has Baez ever converted in a big spot for the Phillies? Not once? Blame the offense all you want, but at least they have an excuse. Over half of Tuesday’s batting order – Michael Martinez, John Mayberry, Dane Sardinha, Wilson Valdez, Ben Francisco – were minor league retreads, prospects who failed to live up to prior expectations or throw-ins on a trade. Baez was touted as a “proven closer” and signed a two-year contract to be a setup-type guy. And for two years, he’s been hiding in the weeds, while rookies or bullpen novices like Stutes, Kyle Kendrick, Vance Worley, Antonio Bastardo and even David Herndon assumed his responsibilities.
Everyone can see how soft he is, how petrified he is to be out there. He wanted no part of the ninth inning. It was written all over is face and anxious body language. He’d rather perform on the off-Broadway stages of Cleveland and Baltimore. The Phils must see it, too, which makes the Worley demotion even more puzzling. Even if Stutes didn’t go down with the back/side strain and carried two innings, they had to know they were going to burn through the bullpen Tuesday with Oswalt’s health still unknown. Now they’re in a situation where Ryan Madson and Scott Mathieson, who won’t be assigned anything but a mop-up inning, are the only fresh arms for Colorado, with another unknown, Joe Blanton, slated for Thursday.
Back to Baez and how much he sucks. Lob grenades at the offense all you want. Even Dane Sardinha knows he’s a bum. Pull the pin on Baez already and replace him with a soldier who's ready to fight.