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Durbin Bottoms Out In Loss

Looks like the JD Durbin era is finished in Philadelphia.

“The Real Deal” surrendered six runs in an inning during the Phils 13-4 loss to the Yankees yesterday at Legends Field in Tampa. Before him, Jamie Moyer went four innings and gave up three runs, including a home run to Jason Giambi. Moyer struck out three, throwing 44 strikes out of 77 pitches.

Moyer will get one more start this spring — in the second exhibition tilt against Toronto.

After the trash Durbin posted, Vic Darensbourg hurt his chances at an Opening Day spot with a garish sixth. He gave up three earned runs on five hits while striking out two. Gary Knotts and Tom Gordon pitched hitless innings each, with both collecting two Ks.

Pedro Feliz hit his fourth homer in the game, driving home three total runs. Chris Snelling got time as DH and went 0-4 with two strikeouts. Wes Helms went 0-1. Currently, they’re battling for a possible 14th hitter spot with Lidge starting the year on the DL.

Today, Kyle Kendrick will face the Reds at 1:05 p.m. Ryan Madson, JC Romero and Chad Durbin are also set to throw. Durbin is also slated for an exhibition game Friday against Toronto, meaning he’s on two-days rest, meaning he’s in the bullpen.

Travis Blackley and Clay Condrey will also go tomorrow when Adam Eaton pitches. Both will be pitching for their 25-man roster lives then.

Here’s what my roster looks like:
Hitters: Ruiz, Coste, Howard, Utley, Feliz, Rollins, Dobbs, Bruntlett, Burrell, Victorino, Jenkins, Werth, Taguchi
Pitchers: Myers, Hamels, Moyer, Kendrick, Eaton, C. Durbin, Madson, Romero, Gordon

With three spots still open, here’s who’s left to battle:
Hitters: Helms, Snelling
Pitchers: Condrey, JD Durbin, Darensbourg, Blackley

My new prediction: Helms is rostered but offered heavily; Condrey and Blackley make the team.

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  1. mick swain

    March 25, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Tim–I think Blackley is history unless the Giants do not want him back—maybe the Phils then sign him to a minor league deal.He has got to find the plate. My guess is that JD goes north(despite rough spring) unless a Helms deal is finalized for an arm

  2. Tim Malcolm

    March 25, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Mick, good hearing from you. Looks like you had it nailed — I don’t agree with bringing Durbin north, though; they’re hinging their hopes on four quality starts last year. And he had a 8.59 run support. I feel as if Blackley could’ve given them better (you are right about his control issues).

  3. mick swain

    March 25, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Tim–I am not so sure I agree with the JD move either–, but he has some experience and a heart beat.This guy has very little future in the big leagues with his motion and delivery–Also,I would not be surprised if he was pitching hurt We are real short in the pen until Lidge appears–I really like Blackleys arm, but he needs to pitch every day without the pressure of the big leagues–a good pitching coach with time might just get his mechanics in order. I would have liked to see Kendrick a little sharper today!!

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