Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Phillies Ex-Pitching Coach: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Joe Kerrigan was on WIP this morning. He was brutally honest.

Here's the good news: He thinks the light finally went on in Brett Myers' head and he will be a very good pitcher.

The bad: Randy Wolf has lost 3-4 mph off of his fastball this year. Todd Worrell is losing his stuff as of the end of the last year. Mr. Kerrigan no longer thinks he should be setup man, but should be a 6th or 7th inning guy instead.

The ugly: He did a 10 year analysis of all the Phillies pitchers before coming to the club a few years ago. He mentioned that the CERA for Lieberthal is not good (stat mentioned previously on this blog). Lieberthal does not do all the prep work needed on opposing batters in order to call a good game, and it was hard to get him into those good practices so late in his career.

Here's hoping Todd Pratt gets more work this season. We have 2 more seasons of Lieberthal after this season, and he no longer has the bat to compensate for his catching.

I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

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