By Jason Fukao
On Wednesday, Philadephia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel announced that ace Brett Myers would now be pitching out of the bullpen. The surprising move came in hopes of strengthening the weak Philadelphia bullpen. Myers will most likely serve as a set-up man to closer Tom Gordon, who has not been used regularly due to the lack of save opportunities – the Phillies are a major league worst 3-10.
Jon Lieber will replace Myers in the rotation. Just a year ago, Myers was one of the league leaders in strikeouts (189Ks in 198IP) and won a team-leading 12 games. In three starts this year, he is 0-2 and has an 8.83 ERA.
No one would have predicted that this preseason consensus top-15 starting pitcher would lose his starting job for a bullpen role. However, he could see some save opportunities if Gordon is to ever go down, but right now his worth as a set-up man is next to nothing. Fantasy owners will hope that Myers can work out a few kinks while pitching out of the bullpen so that Manuel can insert him back into the starting rotation as soon as possible.
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