The Phillies bullpen is still a continuous struggle for the franchise. It has been the weakest part of the organization for years and it seems as though their struggles will continue unless they can make some drastic changes. Right before the lockout, the Phillies lost their closer, Hector Neris, to free agency when he signed with the Houston Astros. This leaves the closer position for the Phillies wide open. Whether the Phillies stay local and decide to elect someone from their own bullpen to be their new closer, or they go out and sign a closer, it is crucial that the Phillies make a decision on who is going to take that spot.
Seranthony Dominguez has spent some time in the past as a closer for the Phillies. He may not be the most popular pick to take over this position, but if the Phillies are low on options, he may be someone that they can utilize. The young pitcher was the Phillies closer in the 2018 season, and he didn’t pitch that bad. In 2018, he went 2-5 with a 2.95 ERA, 74 strikeouts and 16 saves. He wasn’t the primary closer that season, and the years after he struggled. However, if given the opportunity, he could become a solid closer for the Phillies. It isn’t definite that he will be a good closer for the Phillies. However, Dominguez is definitely a name that could be circulating when it comes time for the Phillies to make a decision on who their closer will be.
This would be a flashy move if the Phillies could pull this off. Jansen has been one of the best closing pitchers in baseball for the last decade. Jansen has made a name for himself for being an excellent closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, with the Dodgers possibly not bringing Jansen back, this could be a great opportunity for the Phillies to finally acquire a top-notch closer in MLB. In his 12 year career, Jansen has a record of 37-26, an ERA of 2.37, with 350 saves in a total of 705 innings pitched. He’s done it for a long time, and he’s done it well for a long time. Jansen may be one of the best pitchers to come into this bullpen. With this type of elite closing and leadership ability, Jansen can finally bring some kind of presence to a Phillies bullpen that has struggled for the longest time.
Out of everyone in the Phillies bullpen, Alvarado may be the best relief pitcher that they have. It depends on if Girardi and his staff believe that Alvarado can become a good closer. The hard-throwing left-hander had a pretty good season for his first stint in Philadelphia. Alvarado posted a 4.20 ERA, a 7-1 record, 68 strikeouts, and 5 saves in the 2021 season. Alvarado’s biggest issue this season was how many batters he walked, however, if he can make some adjustments, and if the Phillies believe he can be a good closer, then he may be just the right man in line to become the next closer in Philadelphia.
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