Remember back when Ryan Madson amped things up a notch and went from being pretty good to lights out? He kind of turned it up to 11? Yeah, well Jake Diekman. He firmed up the back end of the bullpen for the Phillies more than Suzanne Somers and the Buttmaster.
I had absolutely no idea what to expect from Diekman this year. His most distinguishing feature to me was the way he wore his hat. Other than that, it was his leftishness and his strange delivery duking it out for #2.
On June 28th, I wrote 2,500 words about the Phillies' bullpen. Here they are! Arguably, just 21 of those words related to Diekman, who, to that point in time, had not done terribly much. In the comments, I commented about his miLB stats thusly:
OMFG, the GB% – lurve it. The K rate? To die for. The walks? To die, die, die. Breaks Rule 2, and getting older.
The thing is that Diekman just walked, walked, walked dudes, and my bullpen rules were violated badly AT THE TIME. Because, walks. Look at the list of Phillies relievers at the end of the season, and see who has a K/9 over 9.0 with a BB/9 below 3.0 and a GB% of 45% or higher. Well, nobody, but almost in the case of Diekman (9.63, 3.56, and 51%).
Diekman looks like a player. And a left-handed one at that. The best comparison I can come up with on the team is a groundballing version of Antonio Bastardo.
Well, I proved I am a total badass bullpen pitcher. Do you want to extend my contract, or perhaps trade me to a contender with a spare right-handed corner outfielder with an impact bat?