Source: Phillies Will not Fire Matt Klentak
There has been some reports that if the Phillies missed the playoffs this season, they would be parting ways with their general manager Matt Klentak.
But that might not be the case.
According to veteran Phillies writer Bob Brookover from the Philadelphia Inquire, the Phillies may give Klentak another year.
Klentak has come under major scrutiny from the fan base for building what was a historically bad bullpen this season, essentially costing the Phillies a playoff berth. The teams bullpen had an ERA of 7.06 and coughed up 21 leads this season, as the team went 1-7 in their final stretch of games with the playoffs very attainable. If the team went 2-6 in those final eight games, they would have made the postseason.
This from Jayson Stark at the Athletic in regards to the Phillies historically bad bullpen:
• They’ve served up 41 home runs in 177 innings! That works out to an unfathomable 2.08 per every nine innings they’ve pitched — by far the worst rate of any bullpen in history. (Next closest: 1.73, by the 2019 Orioles.)
• And one more thing about those 41 homers. That’s more home runs allowed by the bullpen than Phillies starters have given up (38) — in 119 more innings! And how many bullpens in the live-ball era have ever done that?