I remember the second (or was it the third?) game of the year when Tim Worrell blew his first save, Larry Anderson said you can’t get on the bullpen; they are the strongest aspect of the team. Well, that can be argued but it’s about time to start asking questions – even Wagner looked shaky this weekend. Again, the pitching staff cannot rely on large leads, itâ€™s about pressure and being able to hold a lead. This bunch has not shown an ability to do that. But…they held on tonight, so rejoice!
I also wanted to take this opportunity to briefly introduce a few new everyday players for the Phillies this season. Marc Bombard, the new first base coach, joined the Phillies in 1997 as manager for the Red Barons Scranton/Wilkes-Barre until last season. A former Reds pitcher, he filled in for John Vukovich in 2001. Across the diamond, Bill Dancy will play the third base coach spot. He has managed at all levels of the Phillies farm system for the past 27 years. The Phillies preferred to keep it in-house this time around.