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Phillies News: Philadelphia Bullpen Ties Awful MLB Record

Devon Platana
The Philadelphia Phillies bullpen tied an awful MLB record in their 12-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.
The Philadelphia Phillies bullpen tied an awful MLB record in their 12-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images
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Earlier in the season, the Philadelphia Phillies were firmly in the hunt for the NL East division league. However, they've lost seven of their last 10 games and now find themselves 5.0 games behind the first-place New York Mets. One of the main reasons why the Phillies have struggled as of late is their bullpen. When it seemed like things couldn't get any worse for the Philadelphia relievers, that's exactly what happened on Monday.

The Phillies were up 4-2 against the Cincinnati Reds heading into the bottom of the 7th on Monday as Philadelphia right-handed reliever Neftali Feliz entered the game. The result? Feliz gave up 3 runs, 2 hits and a walk in just 0.2 innings pitched, leading to Philadelphia losing 12-4. Feliz's blown save was the 7th by a Phillies reliever in the last six games — something that a bullpen hasn't done since 1995, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

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The fact that Feliz was in the game at all shows you how much the Phillies bullpen has struggled this season. The 2010 American League Rookie of the Year hadn't pitched in the MLB since 2017 before Monday's appearance. Considering how he performed, it's clear that he's still pretty rusty and may not be MLB-ready at the moment.

Nevertheless, Feliz's gaffe was the Phillies' MLB-leading 21st blown save of the season. In total, three of Philadelphia's relievers rank inside the top-10 when it comes to blown saves this season: Hector Neris with six (1st) and Connor Brogdon and Sam Coonrod with three apiece (T-9th). The fact is that the Phillies can't expect their position players to play with confidence when they're too worried about their bullpen blowing another save opportunity.

The Phillies will have another opportunity to properly close out a game on Tuesday as they play host to the Miami Marlins. Philadelphia will enter the matchup as the -104 underdog while Miami is slightly favored at -112 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.


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