NLCS: Seranthony Dominguez Leads a Rebuilt Phillies Bullpen
It’s not often that we get to see our team play in a new setting, but that’s what happened with the Phillies Wednesday night. They were in the Bronx, but the club has been to Citi Field only twice in 2017. So, it was a big deal to see them playing at Yankee Stadium in front of a sold-out crowd and a large number of media members, many of whom were there to see the first-ever rematch of the World Series – and potentially the first time a home game has ever gone to extra innings.
It was an extremely emotional night – for all concerned – as the Phillies celebrated their first postseason berth since 1992. Just like their team, the fans were absolutely in the zone, and the atmosphere was electric.
It was all led by two players who will be making their first postseason appearance: Arodys Vizcaino and Seranthony Dominguez. The former is making his first World Series appearance in his first career postseason game and the latter will be making his first playoff appearance after being traded from the Giants during the offseason.
Vizcaino made his first relief appearance in the World Series last season, and was a perfect five outs away from being the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2000 ever to have an extra inning save in the World Series. Dominguez made his first appearance in the playoffs, and we saw a glimpse of what he was capable of during his last start in the National League Division Series with the Braves.
Let’s take a look at how the bullpen has been performing for Philadelphia in the regular season to date, and how we expect it to perform in the World Series.
For those keeping score at home, the Phillies bullpen has a 3.50 ERA and a 3.30 FIP in the regular season. Those numbers are quite good, all things considered. With only two main bullpen spots occupied by these men, it will be an interesting season for both of them.
So far, Seranthony Dominguez has been the most impressive relief pitcher for the