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Rise and Phight: 4/29/2021

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This is starting to get ridiculous

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How much more of Vince Velasquez can this organization take?

They had the perfect opportunity to rid themselves once and for all of him this offseason by nontendering him, but the concern about where the pitching depth would come from outweighed the desire to release him. The backend of the rotation is still a complete mess, but the money that the team has spent on Velasquez could have been spent on signing someone better for that backend, say, in the Taijuan Walker mode.

It’s a frustrating thing and while Velasquez along wasn’t the sole reason for the team’s struggles last night, he doesn’t help with his outings that consistently cannot get out of the fifth inning, forcing a depleted bullpen into action earlier than expected. It’s hard to fathom how much more time he has left in Philadelphia.

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