The Philadelphia Phillies starting rotation went through a series of injuries this season. This led to the opportunity of rookie Ethan Martin to get his first major league start. Unfortunately, being a starting pitcher does not seem to be his strong suit.
Martin had the chance to start eight games this season. He had a record of 2-4 with an ERA of 6.68. This could have been rookie nerves, but if he wants to compete at a major league level, he has to be calm. Martin had enough starts to see what the atmosphere was like and had the time to see how he could make adjustments to his pitches.
In the 31 innings that Martin pitched, he gave up 23 earned runs — not something a starting pitcher should be doing. He also gave up eight home runs. The Phillies decided they could not take the bleeding anymore, at least for the rest of this season. They moved Martin to the bullpen to see if he would have better luck.
It seems that the Phillies may have made a good decision. Martin made his first appearance from the bullpen on Tuesday night. He only pitched one inning, but it was a strong one. He threw just 10 pitches, all of them being strikes. The Phillies may have been losing, but he did not let that get to him. He showed he can still pitch.
Martin is just 24-years old. He has plenty of baseball left in him. He may not have what it takes to be a starter, but it seems he can be a strong relief pitcher. It will be fun to watch him develop and become more comfortable in his new role.