One of the Philadelphia Phillies biggest areas for concern is their bullpen. It has been horrible and inconsistent. The bullpen has been blowing leads, giving away games, and has been one of the main reasons for the Phillies 16 losses thus far. Now, most of the blame has been going toward pitching coach Rich Dubee and if the Phillies should bring in someone new.
On Friday morning, Mitch Williams, who was a former Philadelphia Phillies closer, spoke on the 94 WIP sports talk radio station about his disappointment with pitching coach Rich Dubee and the bullpen. Williams said, “It may be time for a new voice. It’s not personal. I think these pitchers have to hear something new. What they’re doing right now just isn’t getting it done.”
Following the Phils 4-1 win over the Miami Marlins, Roy Halladay was asked about Williams’ comments. Doc said, “Coming from the mechanical wonder. Yeah, I strongly disagree. To come from a guy who’s not around, who’s not involved. He’s not involved in the conversations…honestly has no idea what’s going on. He really doesn’t. He has no idea what’s going on in the clubhouse, on the field between coaches and players. To make comments like that, it’s completely out of line. Watching Kyle Kendrick, the stuff that he’s learned, the way he’s grown, is because of Rich Dubee and it’s because of his work ethic and the way he goes about things. It really does upset me. It upsets me that guys outside of our group of guys that don’t understand what’s going on here make comments like that. Hopefully, it’s something he’ll learn from. I’m not sure if that’s the case, but he couldn’t be further from the truth. And I don’t think it’s the first time he’s been a little off base.”
It’s a very tough situation, but maybe it is time for a change. Maybe a change will benefit this team and maybe a change will help this team win some more games.