DWIPP: 5- Joe Roa, 2003 – Phillies Nation

DWIPP: 5- Joe Roa, 2003

5.  Joe Roa in 2003

When he stepped off the mound, licked his fingers, and touched the rim if his cap, it was a bad sign for the Phillies. 

In 2002 with Scranton/Wilkes-Berre, Roa won the International League Most Valuable Pitcher award.  He was 14-0 with a 1.86 ERA.  He was called up, and managed to have a tolerable 4.04 ERA in 14 games.  However, in 6 games in 2003, Roa had an ERA of 6.05 and 1.66 WHIP.

During the 19.1 innings he pitched, he allowed 13 earned runs on 28 hits.  Opponents batted .341 off him, and had a .924 OPS against him.

At Veterans Stadium, Roa was 0-3 and his ERA was 8.80.

During June of 2003, he was granted free agency and played with the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres for the remainder of the year.  Roa last pitched in 48 games with the Minnesota Twins in 2004, posting a 4.50 ERA.

Perhaps he should of been a hitter. He is a career .213 hitter. On August 27, 2002, Roa was 2-2 with 2 RBI against the Montreal Expos.



  1. Justin

    March 27, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Robert Person hit a grand slam off the Expos, tell me a player that hasnt had a great game off the Expos.

  2. Albert

    March 27, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Ugh I remember this guy.

  3. Jeff

    March 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

    such a disappointment

  4. John Fire

    March 27, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Not related, but didn’t know where to post it….

    I just read a scary statistic: the Phillies catchers only threw out 22 of 131 would-be base stealers last year. That’s 17 percent. Coste threw out 15% and Ruiz 18%.

    Would love to improve on those numbers, though it seems like people are running at-will against the phils these days.

  5. Griffin

    March 27, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Joe Roa, great name, bad pitcher.

  6. Don M

    March 27, 2009 at 11:52 am

    He was good as the host on Fear Factor

  7. Rob Cowie

    March 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I went 2 for 3 against the Expos watching the game in the section 528.

  8. James Kay

    March 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Good example of a brutal transition from AAA to the grim reality of the major league level. The graphic displays him in his MVP threads. This contrasts with past posts where the graphic is in harmony with the condemning text.

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