Three players made their debut for the Phillies on Monday night and two were instrumental in the comeback win over the Mets.
Brandon Kintzler collected five outs, including a huge fourth-inning double play ball in relief from Matt Moore.
Sam Coonrod had six outs with three strikeouts and averaged 97 mph on his fastball.
And Matt Joyce made his debut in an emerging role, coming out to third place.
The Phillies have used 22 of their 26 players in their 4-0 start. The only four who have yet to appear in a game are Chase Anderson, Vince Velasquez, David Hale and Ronald Torreyes.
Anderson, the fifth starter, pitches tonight off Mets right-hander Marcus Stroman. No. 4 starter Matt Moore made his debut Monday and looked strong for two innings before falling apart in the next two. He allowed two runs, four walks and four hits with four strikeouts in three and a half innings.
The Phillies have two long men in their bullpen: Vince Velasquez and David Hale, so it was a bit surprising to see neither of them got the nod after Moore. It was a great place in that fourth inning and manager Joe Girardi went to Kintzler, who has a more reliable track record. It certainly was a promising sign for the Phillies that both Kintzler and Coonrod showed the ability to make multiple innings. It just gives them more options in case of a short start.
Anderson isn’t known for delving into games, averaging a similar number of innings per start to Velasquez, so it’s only fitting that we can see one or both of Velasquez and Hale tonight. Keep in mind that the Phillies want to keep Velasquez stretched out to make him a realistic option as a starter in the event of injury. Ideally, you don’t want him to go from one-inning periods to 60-75 pitches.
As for Torreyes, here he is the utility player more for his glove and positional versatility than for his bat in pinch-hit situations. His first appearance could be a defensive late-inning replacement for someone like Alec Bohm if the Phillies have a comfortable lead. The new extra inning rule lessens some of the importance of offense on the bench because you may only need one or two pinch hitters in a given game. On Sunday, when Andrew Knapp started behind the plate, JT Realmuto pinch-hit in the seventh inning. Under normal additional entry rules, Realmuto will likely save himself there in case you need to catch him later.
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