The Phillies turned baseball into slow-pitch softball with some position-player pitcher madness
By the time their game reached the seventh inning on Thursday, the Phillies were losing to the Mets, 15-4. So, like many managers have done already this year, Gabe Kapler decided to hold off on using his bullpen for the rest of the game and insert some position-player pitchers. As you may have guessed, things did not get any better. Center fielder Roman Quinn came on in the seventh and gave up SEVEN runs in 1 2/3 innings. His velocity was actually not bad, throwing a fastball and curveball in the high 70s and 80s.
But, he did walk two batters and give up six hits, including a homer to Michael Conforto. Quinn's ERA is now a robust 37.80:
Then, it was Scott Kingery's turn. Kingery mopped up the rest of the game with 1 1/3 innings of work. He gave up two runs on four hits for a more respectable 13.50 ERA. But unlike Quinn, Kingery's pitches were so slow they didn't register on gameday. Seriously, check it out here. It looked like something you'd see at your Sunday slow-pitch softball league rather than a real, live MLB game.
Jerry Blevins, who's appeared in 549 games over 12 seasons, got his first career hit -- an RBI single up the middle. He was quite thrilled:
There are those who think far too many position players are taking the mound this season, and that's fine, but that opinion is unfortunately not correct.