The Philadelphia Phillies are aiming to end the National League's longest postseason drought with their first playoff berth since 2011. They can't accomplish that without a capable bullpen, though. A major change is finally being made as veteran Corey Knebel has been removed from the closer role.
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Knebel has been up-and-down all season, but his efforts in June have been downright hopeless. He gave up the go-ahead run to the Los Angeles Angels on June 5 before a walk-off home run saved the day and walked the bases loaded against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 7 before securing a save.
All of Knebel's struggles came to a head on Tuesday night. The 30-year-old couldn't find the strike zone against the Miami Marlins and failed to record a single out. He left the field to the sounds of boos from the home fans as the Phillies lost 11-9, handing Knebel his fifth loss of the season.
Phillies manager Rob Thomson said the team will opt to go with a committee approach in the ninth inning moving forward. Left-hander Brad Hand has closing experience and right-hander Seranthony Dominguez has looked stellar with a 1.88 ERA. Playing the matchups is going to be the strategy here.
Philadelphia will hope Knebel can pitch his way back into the conversation throughout the summer and return to the form he showed in 2021 (4-0, 2.45 ERA). The Phillies sit 4.5 games back of a Wild Card spot and have odds set at +3500 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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