Philadelphia Phillies' Tyler Cloyd May Be Playing For His MLB Future

By davidabel
Tyler Cloyd
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The Philadelphia Phillies welcomed the San Diego Padres to Philadelphia for the beginning of a three-game stint, and it did not begin well for the men in red.

Tyler Cloyd, the young and hopefully still promising starting pitcher, took the bump and failed terribly. Through 4.0-plus innings recorded, he gave up nine hits and allowed seven runs, all of them earned. The fourth inning is where the seams unraveled for the young buck. Cloyd gave up two singles and two doubles, totaling three runs.

Then in the fifth, Cloyd gave up three straight singles and when reliever Zach Miner entered the game, his inability to get Padres out added to Cloyd’s line.

Cloyd once had a ton of clout behind his name. It was seemingly yesterday when his total record was 15-1 through double-A and triple-A. Since entering the majors, he has a record of 4-5 (career). This season, Cloyd is 2-4, losing or having a no-decision in his previous four outings.

Those numbers, unfortunately, aren’t going to cut it if he plans on sticking around and being a member of this rotation. His fastball doesn’t enter the 90 mph range and his control is suspect at times. His inconsistency makes him vulnerable in a rotation, especially with the other young arms and possible free agent additions.

Personally, I am a fan of Cloyd and I am rooting for him, but if he can not become more consistent, the Phillies will more than likely get rid of him one way or another. The pressure is on Cloyd, who may be playing for his Phillies and possibly MLB future.

David is a MLB writer for You can follow him on twitter @davidabel14 or google

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