Phelps will head to the open market this winter after the Phillies declined his option Friday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports. The Phillies picked up Phelps at the deadline to address their struggling bullpen, but the unit's issues were evidently contagious. After opening the year with a 2.77 ERA in 13.0 innings as a Brewer, he posted a 12.91 ERA in 7.2 innings as a Phillie. Much of that appears to be small-sample variance, however, as a full 50 percent of the fly balls he allowed with his new team cleared the fence. Phelps may be 34 years old, but he owns a 3.24 ERA over the last four seasons combined and should be able to find a suitor as a free agent.
Phelps was traded from the Brewers to the Phillies on Monday in exchange for three prospects, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Phelps has boasted a high strikeout rate to begin the season with a 20:2 K:BB and 2.77 ERA over 13 innings. He carries a 2-3 record with one blown save this season. With Brandon Workman and Hector Neris in the fold for the Phillies, he should continue to pitch mainly in non-save situations in Philadelphia.
Phelps (2-3) took the loss and a blown save against the Pirates on Sunday, allowing a two-run home run in one inning pitched. He struck out two. Phelps struck out a pair of Pirates but allowed a single to Cole Tucker before Gregory Polanco took him deep for a go-ahead two-run homer. Despite his rough outing Sunday, Phelps still holds a solid 2.45 ERA on the campaign.
Phelps struck out three batters and tossed a perfect eighth inning in Sunday's victory over the Cubs. It's been a few years since Phelps occupied a key spot in someone's bullpen, but the Brewers are using him in the setup role this season, and he has produced stellar results thus far. Over 8.2 innings of relief Phelps has given up just one earned run (1.04 ERA) while allowing only six runners to reach base and punching out 13 batters. Given the results and roles up to this point, Phelps -- not Corey Knebel -- would presumably be next in line for a save opportunity should Josh Hader be unavailable.
Phelps (1-0) struck out three over two perfect innings of relief Monday to record the win in a 6-5 extra-inning victory over the Pirates. The right-hander became the first pitcher in 2020 to solve the riddle of the new extra-inning rules, as Phelps entered the game in the 10th and shut down the Pittsburgh offense even with a runner beginning each inning at second base. After a solid comeback campaign in 2019 split between the Jays and Cubs, the 33-year-old is on his way to re-establishing himself as a reliable relief arm in 2020.
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