Sept. 17: Arrieta’s strain is a Grade 1 strain, manager Joe Girardi tells reporters (Twitter link via Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer). He won’t pitch again during the regular season but could still be a potential option in the playoffs, should the Phillies get there.
Sept. 16: The Phillies announced that they’ve placed right-hander Jake Arrieta (right hamstring strain) and outfielder Kyle Garlick (right oblique strain) on the 10-day injured list. Those moves helped clear space for the promotion of outfielder Mickey Moniak. The Phillies also recalled righty Connor Brogdon.
Arrieta’s injury makes it possible that we’ve seen the last of him in a Phillies uniform, as he’s due to reach free agency after the season. The Phillies signed the former NL Cy Young winner and ex-Cubs star to a three-year, $75MM shortly before the 2018 campaign began, but the returns haven’t been positive for the club. Arrieta has missed time with multiple injuries and performed like a back-end starter when healthy, having logged a 4.36 ERA/4.55 FIP over 352 2/3 innings in a Phillies uniform. He has thrown 44 1/3 frames of 5.08 ERA/4.67 FIP ball with 6.5 K/9, 3.25 BB/9 and a 51.8 percent groundball rate this season.
Arrieta’s disappointing production in 2020 is one of the reasons the Phillies are fighting for their playoff lives at 24-23. Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler have given the team top-level numbers out of its rotation, but Arrieta, Spencer Howard, Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez have all failed to prevent runs at an acceptable level in a combined 28 starts.
okay this a problem
Ducky Buckin Fent
Yeah, this is some tough stuff, man.
Losing Arrieta is similar to the Yankees losing Pax. With the 2020 playoff schedule (when you’ll need at least 4 & quite possibly *5* starters) makes losing even these midrotation guys a pretty big deal.
Injuries & health are going to be an even bigger deal this postseason than it normally is.
Yup. Phillies may not even make the playoffa at this point. Hoskins, Realmuto, Howard, Arrieta. Rough stuff. Like I say, whoever wins the series this year really deserves it. It’s a brutally tough season.
Ducky Buckin Fent
@hayes (definitely one of the better screen names, btw)
I’m a Yankee fan.
Due to that I’m very aware of how injuries can just rob a team, man. Trust me on that.
But, you’re right, man (on both counts!). That’s a lot of talent and fire power the Phil’s are missing. Also, I’m with you 100%. There will be nothing “cheap” – or whatever – about winning the Series this year.
I’m not sure the motivation many fans have as to state this year will be some kind of fake title.
I’m a contractor. Construction is essential industry. So we’ve been building this entire time. My partner and I have been together 11 seasons now. This year had/has more problems, challenges, & difficulties than the last ten combined, man.
I will tip my cap to whatever team comes out on top.
I hope Judge and Stanton stay healthy for the playoffs. Yankees can get rolling again.
FredMcGriff for the HOF
Not a good time to be a Phillies fan.
Arrieta is completely useless! I don’t think any Phillies fans were excited when they first acquired him. Did anyone know that he is the highest paid players in Philadelphia Sports history for highest paid athlete on a one year deal?
Not sure if you actually read what you wrote or just dont know the phillies contracts. Even as a mets fan i knew he signed a 3 year 75 mil deal and never signed a 1 yr deal with the phillies.
If you are talking about currently highest paid you would also be incorrect as It goes Bryce, Zack, and then Jake.
If you are talking about actual payout then you would only be half right as Bryce and him received 30M but for salary cap purposes there was a signing bonus involved which breaks that initial payout across multiple years but he still gets 30M for that initial payout which is essentially what the Phillies did for Jake, instead of averaging 25,25,25 they went 30 25 20 to make it easier to trade at end of the contract.
Bryce is also the average salary payout highest as well if you were referring to that as well.
I know what I wrote lol..he signed a 3 year contract. THIS SEASON he is making 30 million. NO PLAYER in Philadelphia sports history has EVER got that much for one season. Yes harper signed that mega deal but even he won’t see 30 million in one season
This season he is NOT making $30m. You’re way off
I thought he was tied with Ryan Howard at $25 million a year?
Arrieta never lived up to expectations, but he battled this year, including that last start. It may have been his last appearance in a Phillies uniform and it was a good one. I’ll always respect Arrieta as a tough competitor. Phillies got plastered with injuries at the very end of the season. Tough break and hard to accept, but it’s part of the game.
I can’t really throw Howard into that mix as he’s a rookie. As for Efflin he is serviceable for what he is. Arrieta also battled this year.
All of blame rests on squarely on Klentak and his piss poor patchwork bullpen. The worst bullpen assembled in baseball history btw. It also lies on him for starting the season giving Vinny V and Pivetta any reps at all.
BTW as I wrote this Neris coughed up ANOTHER lead in the 9th. I do not want to see Arrieta, Velazquez or a single member of this bullpen return next year. I’m done with the lot of them.
Klentak’s plans were derailed by injury. Robertson and Seranthony make this a solid pen. Middleton decided to stop spending when there were still moves to make. It’s easy to blame Klentak, but it’s not solely on him.
Klentak should have known last off-season that neither Robertson or Seranthony were going to counted on this year. This bullpen is biblically bad and his bullpen moves last offseason were weak .
He did know, but Middleton closed the bank.
For the better part of two years I’ve been saying MK is in over his head. Has no talent for recognizing talent; and especially so when it comes to relief pitching. Hope at season’s end Cigar Guy gives him his walking papers.
And also hope he takes about a dozen or more of those number nerds (Analytics Dept.) with him. Bag all that nonsense: See the ball, hit the ball.
As an aside, I have to agree with a couple of posters above who wrote that this year’s WS champion has earned it. It’s been a trying season for the players and their managers.
Decisions are made while looking at a short horizon. And a lot of their off days, for one reason or another, became double-header days. To wit, the Cardinals must be Beatles’ fans. For the past three weeks it seems like they are playing “Eight Days a Week”!
WS Prediction Dept: White Sox over San Diego in six games.
Ok Pale Hose fan, I presume, make your case for the south siders over the AL East winner. Not trying to be derogatory in the least, I’m seriously interested in hearing. I’m a Rangers STH, and since there’s no hope for them, looking for another team to support.
Nope, not a ChiSox fan. Born and raised a Phillies fan.
First MLB game I ever attended had Willie Jones at 3B, Granny Hamner at SS, Richie Ashburn in CF; Del Ennis in LF; Bob Bowman in RF; Marvin Blaylock at 1B; Andy Semanick behind the plate and Robin Roberts pitching.
Been rooting for the Phillies for the past 65 years. Ain’t gonna stop now.
But I do think the White Sox make and win the WS this year. The Padres? More of a sentimental choice. Would like to see an overachiever in the Series.
The names of the pitchers that the Phillies took into the 60-man roster were for the most part a joke.. Girardi/Price went with names they new vs better arms down in the lower minors…
so what? its not like they were calling any of them up anyway.
The Phillies are toast. This is the worst bullpen ever assembled.
Yup. I mean it’s all the bullpen, but it’s also a bit frustrating that they score a ton early and then just completely stop scoring. Every single game is like this. A 6-3 lead is always a sure sign that they’ll blow it late. Painful to watch this team.
Von Purple Hayes:
Last night was the seventh time the Phillies lost a game when they led by three runs or more.
Thirty percent (approx.) of their 25 losses are games thy should/might have won with a better bullpen.
That’s an indictment against Klentak. Cigar Guy needs to pink slip this guy the day the season ends.
Cigar Guy also told Klentak to stop spending. It’s on both of them.
Arrieta signing seemed like a “John Lester to the Cubs” kind of deal. Phils hoped to show the “rebuild” was nearing an end and the team was ready to compete. Which, actually almost worked in 2018.
Arrieta/Robertson/Bruce(M’s still helping on that one)/Hunter/Workman/Phelps(team option)/DiDi/Alvarez…..ALL with expiring contracts or team options.
On the market? Names like Shane Greene, Blake Trienen, Jeremy Jeffress, Tyler Clippard just to name a few.
Add in a healthy Seranthony and some new arms? You gotta believe, right??