Macho Row Phillie Of The Week

Kevin McGuireSenior Analyst IJune 15, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 06:  Chan Ho Park #61 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the New York Mets at Citi Field on May 6, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)


There were a handful of worthy candidates for Phillie of the Week, but Chan Ho Park won the underdog vote from me this time.

Park is a man who is still trying to shed the image he has given himself from being a starter with the Phillies. In the past week Park has been called on in some crucial situations including extra innings. In three relief appearances Park pitched five quality innings. He allowed six hits but only allowed one run to score. Park walked just one batter and struck out seven, a team high on the entire Phillies pitching staff over the last week.

The highlight of Park's week was two crucial innings of work in the ninth and tenth innings on the road against the New York Mets. Park allowed three hits and was saved by a nice catch from Jayson Werth, but the fact is he was clutch when called upon.

The thought when Park came to the Phillies was that he would be a nice asset to have in the bullpen. Perhaps he is finally contributing where he should have been all along.