The Philadelphia Phillies are six games out of first place in the NL East behind the Atlanta Braves and 7.5 games behind in the Wild Card standings. The Phillies have been hopeful that they will still make the playoffs.
In order to be a playoff team, the bullpen has to be strong. That has not been the case for the Phillies this season. The bullpen has had its struggles this season with injuries. Pitcher Joe Savery just went on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury. Setup man Mike Adams is already on the DL, and it is unlikely he is going to return this season.
The Phillies’ bullpen right now consists of mostly rookies. They cannot handle all the games themselves as they are just settling down into the big leagues. If the Phillies are to make it into the playoffs, they would want some arms with experience.
Jonathan Papelbon is the go-to guy in the ninth inning, but he has not had the greatest season. His ERA is only 2.27, but he has given up 10 home runs. He has blown five saves this season, not something the Phillies want to see. Something needs to be done.
The Phillies are going to be looking at free agent reliever Brian Wilson. He previously had Tommy John surgery and may not be at his best right now. The Phillies could use some bullpen help, but they need a healthy arm and Wilson may not be the best choice. It will be interesting to see what the Phillies decide to do.
Hopefully they decide to get help one way or another.