Phillies Bullpen Finds its Groove with Jeanmar Gomez as Closer
After four games, Philadelphia Phillies fans were near restless. How could a bullpen be so bad? Through 10 2/3 innings the Phillies bullpen had alarming results. The bullpen allowed 18 hits, 10 walks, and allowed 15 earned runs, for a 12.66 earned run average. The first five runners relievers inherited were allowed to score. Things changed once the Phillies gave Jeanmar Gomez the opportunity to serve at the team's closer.
Gomez is not your prototypical closer; he does not have a 100-mile-per-hour fastball and blow by hitters. What he does have is an even temperament, something that a reliever getting the final three outs needs to have.