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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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Funny kid - wish him the best

Small sample size, I know, but this kid is looking like he could be totally unhittable.

So discussino for today:

Jake Diekman: Next Mo Rivera or Next Goose Gossage?

"Next Mo Rivera or Next Goose Gossage?"

Eckersley, obviously.

Seems like a guy who would be nasty to get behind on in the count. If he can stay out of the middle of the plate and throw strikes early, I think he'll continue to get lots of Ks. Has he already earned the 8th inning by default?

"Next Mo Rivera or Next Goose Gossage?"

I see more than a little Sidd Finch in the young man.

And hopefully he's not the next Scott Matheison.

Always been partial to relievers who are sidearmers/submariners.

One of my favorite guys to watch pitch the last few years was Bradford especially when his delivery got so crazy with the A's that his hand would also scrape the mound at times.

Based on that interview, I like the kid and hope he sticks.

It's nice to see that kind of humility and respect come from a young player.

Jake "Lee Smith" Diekman

Not too many situations in sports where a kid enters the top level and gets put into that kind of spot immediately.

I can only imagine what a thrill it must be for him to have the mics stuck in his face and to be asked those questions.

I wonder if he knows how much hate is headed his way at BLer if he screws up (not that he probably cares).

Honestly how much pressure could the kid have really felt considering he was throwing for the worst pen in the bigs. If I was in the same spot I'd be thinking "Well if I screw up these people should be used to it anyway."

Joe D: I don't think he particularly cares what the fans think. I think he cares that, if he screws up, he might lose out on a chance to make millions of dollars.

Love the honesty and apparent lack of an inflated ego.

Perez - 9 pitches, 9 strikes, 3 Ks. He was the answer last year. I forget the answer's first name.

It was nice that Diekman pitched great yesterday but curb your enthusiasm.

"Honestly how much pressure could the kid have really felt considering he was throwing for the worst pen in the bigs."

Yeah, that's pretty silly.

Well yeah there is that aspect of wanting to make it but I think the fact the bullpen is god awful should have actually helped to relax him. This team has veterans back there that are struggling.

Very little discussion here of Worley's elbow soreness. Interesting.

Very little discussion here of Worley's elbow soreness. Interesting.

Posted by: awh

I'm expecting a Blanton outcome so by preparing for the worst I don't have much to say.

Please don't be TJ, please don't be TJ...
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Perez - 9 pitches, 9 strikes, 3 Ks. He was the answer last year. I forget the answer's first name.

Posted by: polly
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Ah yes, Juan Perez. The slider was filthy, but he couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat 95% of the time...

For those interested, there's a longer interview with Diekman here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY4q8u6Say8

awh - That is incredibly worrying anytime you hear 'sore elbow.' The only good news is that it isn't his shoulder. Only worse type of injury for a pitcher.

If were are going with ridiculous hyperbole:

Sidearming Superhero Saves Phils' Season!

Worley to the DL with elbow inflammation.

awh: I've already penciled in Worley for Tommy John surgery.

Check out this comprehensive Citizens Bank Park beer finder a friend of mine created:

http://chocolatecoveredmemories.com/2012/05/15/xtras-good-brews-at-cbp-4-phillies-phans/

b_a_p: I've already penned him in for amputation. Somehow, this is all Kendrick's fault ...

Worley went home to help neighbors repair the pull starters on their lawn mowers. He should be ready to pitch a simulated game by 2014.

Nice kid, seemingly. Hopefully he can help smooth things out, but they won't always go this well. But what a great start.

WTF with Worley?

Phillies have been pretty snakebitten with these injuries.

New thread.

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