DWIPP: 14- Antonio Alfonseca, 2007 – Phillies Nation

DWIPP: 14- Antonio Alfonseca, 2007

14. Antonio Alfonseca in 2007

Alfonseca’s bad year may have been overshadowed by his 8 saves during the time the Phillies were without a closer. Although he converted 8 saves, he blew 5. Known as El Pulpo for having 6 fingers on each hand, Alfonseca took over the closing role for the Phillies when Tom Gordon and Brett Myers were injured.

In 49.2 innings, Alfonseca had a 5.44 ERA and 1.85 WHIP. Opponents batted .314 off the right hander. His strikeout to walk ratio was just 0.89.

Alfonseca must not of liked pitching during the day. During day games he had a 7.20 ERA.

2007 was the last season Alfonseca pitched in the majors.



  1. Joe A.

    March 18, 2009 at 10:08 am

    personally alfonseca was the coolest guy at bp and would always talk to the kids and also gave many balls away he mite not have been a great pitcher but has to b better then geary!!!

  2. Phan in TN

    March 18, 2009 at 10:25 am

    that was a blast from the past.

    i agree that he must have not liked pitching during the day. We fans didn’t like him pitching either.

  3. Eli

    March 18, 2009 at 10:37 am

    fabio castro, the ultimate douchebag

  4. therookie300

    March 18, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I did like the fact that he saved all three games against the Mets at Shea in June 2007.

  5. Manny

    March 18, 2009 at 10:56 am

    El PuLpo

  6. From Section 113

    March 18, 2009 at 10:56 am

    But the 1 month he did well was th eone we needed him the most. When we lost our closer(s) in ’07 he stepped up for a 4-5 week period. Granted he was pretty bad the rest of the time.

  7. Justin

    March 18, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Does Joe Roa make this list? How about Omar Daal? Or Nelson Figeroa? Or Brandon Duckworth?

  8. Chutley

    March 18, 2009 at 11:31 am

    hahahah for a second i thought he was #9

  9. Albert

    March 18, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I loved this guy when he saved those 3 straight games at Shea. That was an awesome series.

  10. Chuck P

    March 18, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    El Pulpo… the octopus.

    He did help us when we needed it… and he seemed like a good teammate (smiling with teammates and always really focused on the mound). He might have put up some awful numbers but he definitely helped us get into the postseason.

  11. Matt S

    March 18, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I couldnt disagree with this more. The dude did everything we asked for and more…Cant under estimate the saves at shea…and that hop he had from the release of the pitch to a celebratory punch will always have a special place in my heart

  12. Don M

    March 18, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Its funny that we like Alfonseca more than Geary

  13. James Kay

    March 18, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I love this list. It kicks ass where it is deserved. The analysis of each entry is somewhat analogous to a clinician’s report on a seriously ill patient. Those numbers are appalling. And it only gets worse from here.

  14. meech.one

    March 18, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I’m his Baseball-Reference sponsor.

    And I’m proud of it.

  15. christopher

    March 18, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    has no place on this list.

  16. From Section 113

    March 18, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Don M—> “Its funny that we like Alfonseca more than Geary”

    That’s pretty funny, sad, and true all at the same time.

  17. Greg B

    March 20, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    EL Pulpo’s contirbutions at the end of the year were forgettable when his arm was dead. People forget that he saved our rears the first couple of months. No way was this a bad season all in and the Phils don’t make the playoffs without his contribution.

  18. mplant

    March 22, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I can’t get down on Alfonseca. His ’07 numbers are far from impressive, but he was solid at a time when there weren’t any alternatives

  19. Becky

    February 28, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Above anything else, the thing that I will always remember Alfonseca for is grabbing the giant hose and spraying down me, along with the rest of the crowd behind the dugout and along the 1st base line after clinching the NL East on the last day of the season. 🙂 What a great day!!!!

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