This page provides a complete listing of our report cards for all Phillies relievers and bench players.
We have finally reached the end of our report cards for the 2010 Phillies. Fittingly enough, we conclude with the guy who closes out games: Brad Lidge.
Brad Lidge was a HUGE question mark entering the 2010 season. After his remarkable 2008 season in which he did not blow a single save, Lidge had the worst season imaginable in 2009. After successful knee surgery during the off season, fans hoped they would get the old Lidge, but he needed another surgery during Spring Training that delayed his first game until April 30 and he only appeared in 5 games after May.
Lidge remained a question mark through the entire first half of the season. He had a 4.60 ERA before the all-star break and at the end of July he had a 5.08 ERA. Just like the Grinch found his strength with his new heart, Lidge found his 2008 mojo and had an ERA of 0.73 in 26 games and 24.2 innings over the last two months.
Lidge finished with a 2.66 ERA and he saved 27 out of 32 games. Lidge proved that he still has what it takes to be a big time closer. His WHIP dropped back to his typical number at 1.226 and his strikeouts increased to 10.2 per game.
Overall Grade: A
The Phillies knew they needed Lidge to pitch better if they had a real chance of winning. To Charlie Manuel's credit, he stuck with Lidge through a rough first half and his patience allowed Brad to regain his old form. Lidge gave the entire team confidence down the stretch that they could count on him in key spots.
You can view all of Brad Lidge's career stats here.
Ryan Madson became an elite reliever in 2010. His ERA of 2.55 was the second best in his career, he was a true work horse for Charlie Manuel, and the eighth inning quickly became his inning.
Madson struggled a bit with a 7.00 ERA in 9 games in April and one day decided to take out his frustrations by kicking a chair. That stupid mistake caused Madson to miss two months of the season. Madson more than made up for it with a 3.48 ERA in July and a 1.07 ERA in the last two months. And Madson pitched in virtually every opportunity and logged a ton of innings down the stretch. Madson had 35 appearances in the last two months, which would have given him 105 if he kept that pace for an entire season.
Madson exhibited good control with 2.2 walks per game, just 7.1 hits per game, and 10.9 strikeouts per game. The result was his best WHIP of 1.038.
Overall Grade: A+
Thanks to Lidge's success as closer, Ryan Madson was firmly implanted in the eighth inning and gave Charlie an easy decision late in games. It's a shame that Madson was the pitcher of record the deciding game 6 against the Giants, because he was the definition of clutch during the season and in the playoffs. Madson is just signed through 2011, but hopefully Amaro can work out an extension.
You can view all of Ryan Madson's career stats here.
Chad Durbin flew under the radar as he seems to do each year, but he had another extremely solid season for the Phils. Durbin pitched in the second most games and threw the most innings of all relievers on the club. In fact, his 68.2 innings was 12 innings more than the second highest innings for Jose Contreras.
After throwing remarkably in 2008, Durbin cooled off in 2009, but rebounded nicely last season. His 3.80 ERA was the second best in his career. Durbin was versatile, pitching everything from long relief to middle relief to late game situations. Durbin once again was a right in the middle of the Phillies recent success and hopefully he can remain with the Phillies going forward.
Overall Grade: B+
Chad Durbin once again provided a decent ERA and ate at ton of innings. Durbin once again was a right in the middle of the Phillies recent success and hopefully he can remain with the Phillies going forward.
As a rule 5 selection, in his first season as a pro David Herndon did not make much of an impression, good or bad. Herndon was primarily used as a middle reliever whose job is generally to just eat up innings. He did a decent job in that role, making 47 appearances and pitching 52.1 innings.
An ERA of 4.30 is high for a relief pitcher, but it is passable for a first year player considering he is basically just your mop up guy. He gave up way too many hits (11.5 per nine innings) and had mediocre control, giving him a WHIP of 1.605.
Overall Grade: C
You never know what you will get with a rule 5 selection, and fortunately Herndon was able to last all season. He didn't turn any heads, but he did well enough in the role he was asked to fill.
You can view all of David Herndon's career stats here.
For a player who was so crucial in winning the World Series in 2008, JC Romero was virtually nonexistent in 2010. Romero entered 2010 after a season in which he missed 50 games due to suspension and was injured for most of the rest.
Charlie Manuel clearly lost faith in Romero. JC appeared in 60 games but only pitched a total of 36.2 innings, a far cry from his 2008 season when he appeared in 81 games and pitched 59 innings.
Romero's numbers were mediocre last season with a 3.68 ERA. He continued to have control problems and walked 29 batters compared to just 28 strikeouts in 36.2 innings. It was a bit of a surprise that the Phillies re-signed JC and it barely made last-page news. That sure is a far cry from the guy who pitched the eighth inning of the clinching game of the 2008 World Series.
Overall Grade: B-
A 3.68 ERA is not terrific for a guy who only pitched about a half an inning per appearance and he put way too many man on base.
This was probably Romero's last season with the Phillies and most fans probably won't notice when he is gone. That sure is a far cry from the guy who pitched the eighth inning of the clinching game of the 2008 World Series.
You can view all of J.C. Romero's career stats here.
Jose Contreras did well for a 38-year-old pitcher in his first full season as a reliever. Contreras was one of Charlie's "go-to" guys, appearing in a team high 67 games and pitching 56.2 innings. He also had 4 saves in 5 opportunities as a closer.
Contreras was unhittable in April and May, where he posted an 0.59 ERA in 18 games. He then hit the skids and had a 6.10 ERA in June and July. Then he finished strong with a 2.61 ERA the rest of the way. Jose also pitched well in the playoffs, just allowing a single hit and zero runs in 4 innings of work.
Overall Grade: B+
Contreras had an average ERA of 3.34, but he pitched a lot of innings in late game situations for the Phillies. He was a good guy to have on the team and a decent pickup by Ruben Amaro.
You can view all of Jose Contreras's career stats here.
There usually is one guy on a team that gets dirty looks from virtually everyone for not living up to expectations and salary. That guy in 2010 was Danys Baez. He was easily Ruben Amaro's worst acquisition as GM, signing Baez to a 2 year, $5.25 million contract over the winter. Baez thanked Ruben for the nice contract with a 5.48 ERA.
Why he was signed to such a contract is a bit baffling, because Baez hadn't finished with an ERA under 4 since 2005. Baez had a 6.44 ERA in 2006, missed an entire season, and came back with a 4.02 ERA in 2009. Yet somehow he was supposed to be Lidge's replacement if he struggled.
Baez was given the late innings role in the first few months. He was terrible in April with an ERA of 9.00 in 9 games, but regained Charlie's confidence with a fantastic May in which he posted a 0.71 ERA in 12.2 innings. That was the end of his "success," as he had a 6.58 ERA the rest of the way.
After pitching often and in key spots early on, Baez got the ball less and less and became basically a mop up guy at the end of the season. He appeared in 23 games in the first two months and only 12 in the last two months. Charlie lost so much faith in Baez that he left him off the postseason roster entirely.
Overall Grade: F
Looks like Baez will need to repeat the second grade. Baez has amazing velocity and decent movement, but he has no clue where his pitches are gonna land. Baez was completely unreliable and provided target practice for opposing teams. Better luck next year...
The Phillies bench played a big role in the 2010 season due to injuries to all regulars except Jayson Werth. Wilson Valdez carried the heaviest load, playing in 111 games, most of them as a starter. It is difficult to grade the bench because bench players are obviously there for a reason, but I guess the best word would be OK.
The bench hit a combined .238, which isn't very good. But they did hit 36 home runs. They didn't have the Matt Stairs type long ball threat, but guys like Francisco, Dobbs, and Gload did have a little pop. Once again, the Phils bench lacked speed, which can be a very important attribute.
Overall Grade: C
Considering the fact that the Phillies bench played a total of 125 more games and had 503 more plate appearances, they did alright. Regardless of any of the numbers, the ability of the bench to provide Valdez to fill in for Rollins the way he did is pretty good.