Lost in the Roy Halladay melodrama and Domonic Brown fanaticism this spring has been the quietly brilliant performance of Mike Adams, the late-game stopper the Phillies brought in to prevent another season of 13 eighth-inning blown leads and a 4.89 composite ERA. Adams has allowed one run in eight spring training appearances for a 1.13 ERA. Lefties are 1 for 11 (.091) against him and righties are 3 for 17 (.176), giving him a .143 opponents’ batting average. He also has eight strikeouts to just one walk. Adams has been 100 percent as advertised, working quick innings and mowing down the opposition in beautifully boring fashion. He looks fully recovered from offseason surgery in which he had a rib removed to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. We’ve gone over Adams’ resume ad nauseam since his arrival, but this remains one of the best signings of the offseason, league-wide. The 29th-best eighth-inning team adds the best setup man in the game to pitch after a top-tier rotation and in front of an elite closer … for the manageable guaranteed price of $12 million over two years.
Mike Adams' brilliance an underrated spring storyline
Beerleaguer.com | Mar 29