Early on this spring, it looked like Watson would make the bullpen, but he has not looked good in his last few outings. Also, the Phillies would like to minimize losses as players are taken off the 40 man roster to open spaces, so I am not surprised that they did not add Watson at this point. I hate to see him lost. There is a very good chance that he will pitch this season for another team and do well. The 3 million salary also might have been a minor factor. Having a couple million in reserve could come into play at some point during the season.
Any chance Mitchell had pretty much evaporated tonight. Feliz starts the bottom of the ninth of a tie game with two walks and gets the hook. Of course, Feliz is behind due to being held up on VISA issues this spring, but I hope the Phillies bullpen this season will throw strikes. Hammer comes in and gets an out but then runs a full count, and gives up the game winning hit to the outfield.
So back to back games where the Phillies pitching collapses late to blow a big lead. Six runs in the 9th last night, and 4 in the bottom of the 8th to set up the loss in the bottom of the ninth tonight. While not pitchers who will make the roster, I sure hate seeing this happening.
Good pitching from those who will make the roster (Anderson, Neris, Alvarado) and 15 hits, mostly from the regulars certainly are positives in the loss to the BlueJays. Only a couple more games and then it counts.