Phillies Have Reliable Closing Options In 2019
The Phillies went most of the 2018 season with a closer-by-committee approach. As manager Gabe Kapler looked for what the analytics said were the right matchups, before settling in on Seranthony Dominguez. But who will it be primarily taking the ball for the ninth inning in 2019?
Dominguez will be under strong consideration, after stepping in last season and saving 16 games in 53 appearances. Many of those appearances, he was used in multiple innings as Kapler tried to maximize his most effective bullpen arm. So could David Robertson, who officially signed with the Phillies just after the new year to a two-year deal worth $23 million with a club option for 2021.
Robertson, 33, had a 3.23 ERA in 2018, going 8-3 with five saves, and 91 strikeouts across 69 2/3 innings with the Yankees during the 2018 season.
Robertson choose the Phillies, because he felt he had the best chance to close games in Philadelphia.
While Dominguez and Robertson are the most likely candidates to close games out, the Phillies bullpen should be much better this season. The team added Juan Nicasio and Jose Alvarez in the offseason and brought back Pat Neshek, Tommy Hunter and Edubray Ramos.
The Phillies bullpen is one of the areas the team improved this offseason and will be an area to watch at Spring Training.