Chris Young Out as Phillies Pitching Coach

PHOTO CREDIT: DALE ZANINE-USA TODAY SPORTS

We still don’t know the fate of Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, but we do know the fate of Chris Young, who will not return as the team’s pitching coach next season:

The decision to move on from Young hardly comes as a surprise after former hitting coach John Mallee was dismissed back in August. It has been speculated that move came at the behest of frustrated owner John Middleton.

One could argue that the team’s pitching staff was an even bigger disappointment than the offense in Young’s first season in the position as several of the Phillies’ young arms failed to progress the way the team hoped.

In fact, if one did argue that, one would win. The pitching was abysmal.

While the team dealt with injuries to Jake Arrieta and multiple key bullpen pieces, Zach Eflin, Nick Pivetta, and Vince Velasquez were each bumped from the rotation at different points throughout the season, while staff ace Aaron Nola also took a step backward.

The Phillies’ 4.53 staff ERA was 17th in baseball and their 4.88 FIP was 23rd. They also regressed in several key statistical categories across the board.

Keeping the ball in the yard was particularly problematic for Phillies pitchers. They combined to allow a franchise record 258 homers this season. Only the Rockies (1.68 HR/9) coughed up homers at a more frequent rate among NL teams this season.

As for the architect that helped build said disappointing pitching staff, The Inquirer’s Matt Breen reports general manager Matt Klentak will indeed be back:

 

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6 Comments

  • Phillies are superb October 4, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Matt Klentak’s future was never in question lol. Say hello to 4th place again gentlemen and Kate Devlin. Only way to show displeasure is to not show up next year and turn the J-tube off

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  • Travis lee October 4, 2019 at 11:47 am

    What a joke of an organization. Waste another year of shit coaching & roster. No minor league system . Feels like the 90’s

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  • Radio wars October 4, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Klentak had a better college baseball career than Mike Miss,

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  • Jackie puppet October 4, 2019 at 11:54 am

    What’d the h00ker say to Abbott & Costello? “Who’s on first?”

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  • Molly Pitcher October 4, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    You are only as good as your staff is. Just ask John Mallee, now with the Braves. Another odd fact: Phillies once had Mike Maddux on their pitching staff, lesser brother of Greg. Now Mike is pitching coach with Cardinals, facing Braves in NLDS right now. Go figure.

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    • Booooooooooo October 5, 2019 at 10:32 am

      How did you manage to get every part of your comment wrong? John Mallee isn’t doing anything except pimping his hitting clinics… And who the fuck care about Maddux having pitched for a spell on the late 80s here? He sucked, he pitched for half the teams in the league, a quintessential journeyman.

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