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Myriad Hopefuls To Toe Rubber Against Pirates

Today the Phillies take on the Pirates yet again.

JD Durbin makes his first appearance of the spring in the start. He’ll face Ian Snell of the Pirates. After Durbin, it’ll be Shane Youman, Joe Bisenius and JA Happ.

That means it’s money time. “The Real Deal” is trying valiantly to secure the long-man spot in the bullpen; if not, he’s in line to be released, as he’s on his last option. Durbin needs to impress today.

Youman is gunning for the LOOGY spot, and should have the upper hand. Travis Blackley, a LOOGY hopeful, pitched a fine three innings Wednesday, and has gained considerable press for that performance. Fabio Castro, the other major player in the LOOGY race, is yet to pitch.

Bisenius is a dark horse to reach the bullpen, but has a shot nonetheless. He made the team last year out of camp, mainly because of the injury to Freddy Garcia. This time around, he’ll need to do a great job to maybe sneak in as the 25th man.

For Happ, it’s an important Spring. If he performs well, he could be on the 25-man roster. But if he doesn’t, his star could fade for good. Josh Outman’s seesaw performance yesterday improved Happ’s chances at making the club, so he’ll have to throw down the hammer today.

Game time is at 1:05.

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  1. dan

    February 29, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    So far today, Johan Santana has given up a three-run jack to Juan Gonzalez.

  2. Mike

    February 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    That just made my day.

  3. Tim Malcolm

    February 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Philles down 4-2. JD Durbin struggled mightly, while Shane Youman doesn’t seem to be an answer, walking four and letting in two in one inning.

    JA Happ, however, did well.

  4. Gavin

    February 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    I could see Happ making the pen.

  5. Tim Malcolm

    February 29, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    His performance today really helped his cause, especially as Youman flounders and Holdzkom didn’t look good. If the Spring ended TODAY (haha), it would be Happ and Blackley joining Lidge, Romero, Gordon, Madson and Durbin in the pen.

  6. Tim Malcolm

    February 29, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Casey Smith homers the winning run, 5-4. Gary Knotts pitched two strong for the win. Smith: Very nice. He was with Anaheim as a 2B/IF guy. Could be an option if Helms is dealt.

  7. Mike

    February 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Smith also 3 for 4 total.
    Any of these pitchers (Happ, Blackley, etc.) should be gunning for Eaton’s job, not the pen. That’s what I’m hoping.

  8. Paul

    February 29, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    What exactly is LOOGY?

  9. Tim Malcolm

    February 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Yeah, Eaton’s job is first up for grabs, but as long as he’s healthy and OK, it’s his still, methinks.

    Paul: LOOGY stands for “Left-handed One Out GuY.” Basically it’s the guy who comes in to get one out in a tight situation against a big left-handed hitter, a la Mike Remlinger or what JC Romero should be.

  10. typhoon

    February 29, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Happ, Blackley and Romero? I can’t see the Phils havin three leftys in the bullpen but hey, go with what works. First the Phillies have to figure out how to be able to fit 12 pitchers on the 25 man roster though…

  11. dan

    February 29, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    leaving out pitchers, can someone post what they think the position players making the roster would be, including those on the bubble so i can get a full picture?

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