When the Phillies dealt Daniel Haigwood for Fabio Castro, everyone got psyched that we got the offspring of Fidel and Fabio. He debuted in the pinstripes on June 30th against Toronto and went 3 scoreless innings of no-hit ball. He then pitched a week later,on July 6th, and once again shut down the opposition, this time in one inning. Since that date 12 days have gone by and your Philadelphia Phillies have played 8 games in that time period. And yet we haven’t seen Castro’s mug during that entire time. Charlie Manuel has yet to see one instance in those games where he could bring Castro in to pitch. Apparently one inning out of about 75 innings played wasn’t avaiable for ol’ Fabs.
Let’s just compare this to the other relievers on the team. Since July 6th here is the amount of appearances each reliever has racked up:
- Rheal Cormier – 5
- Ryan Franklin – 5
- Geoff Geary – 5
- Rick White – 5
- Aaron Fultz – 4
- Tom Gordon – 2
- Arthur Rhodes – 2
There are a few interesting things to see from this, besides the fact that they all have more apperances than Castro (who has zero):
One, Rick White, picked up on June 23rd, is tied for the most appearances on the team. He has already pitched 9 times for the Phillies! They really do love them some old journeyman relievers.
Two, the best reliever on the team has pitched the second-least amount of times since July 6th. Why? Well, he’s the closer and he can’t possibly pitch any other time than the 9th inning and up by 1-3 runs!!!! If the Phillies deviated from that dogs would bite mailmen, children would shoot up schools, worlds would collide. And the Phils might have won an extra game or two. Not using who is by far the best reliever on the team more than two times in the span of 12 days is simply criminal, especially with as many off-days as they have had.
Three, Manuel is gonna wear these guys out, if he hasn’t already. Each one of these pitchers had several good games, but every 3-4 appearances each one of them gave up a run or two. Use 3-5 relievers every game, and this leads to the bullpen giving up a couple runs almost every time they appear in a game. With this (horrible) starting rotation it’s hard to completely villify Manuel for overusing the bullpen, but using guys 2 innings at a time or using a guy like Castro more could go a long way in keeping some of these older arms fresher into the dog days of summer.
So, what is the reason Castro hasn’t pitched at all, despite showing some good stuff and a good head in his first two appearances? He’s only 21, that’s why. The Phillies have already shown they favor veteranness over performance several times this season, perhaps most notably in the simple fact that they keep trotting Abraham Nunez out there to get his at bats, despite being the worst bench player in the major leagues. Joe Thurston is tearing it up in Scranton and could at least get a shot. Hell, anyone could probably do better than Nune. ANYONE.
So, my advice to Castro would be to stick around until the off-season and come back next year with some new papers from the Dominican Republic which say you are legally 35 years old. You may actually get some work in this bullpen then.