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Hurler Dilemma: Philly Pitching Problems Getting Worse

Joe MintzerCorrespondent IJune 26, 2009

DENVER - APRIL 11:  Starting pitcher Brett Myers #39 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers against the Colorado Rockies during MLB action at Coors Field on April 11, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. Meyers earned the win as the Phillies defeated the Rockies 8-4.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Bad luck spread through the Phillies pitching like the Swine Flu.

It started with Brad Lidge and worked it's way through the entire pitching staff. Lidge blew saves, Chan Ho Park failed, Brett Myers suffered a season ending injury, Clay Condrey went down, and now Antonio Bastardo is hurt.

Fortunately for the Phillies, the bats were alive and kicking. Led by Raul Ibanez, Philadelphia posted the best road record in baseball. Right now, the Phils' bats have been pretty quiet, but not terrible. 

On the other hand, the pitching has been terrible. There is no question about it: they need help.

Who could arrive to help this situation? It can't be a minor-leaguer. It has to be a player with experience.

The Candidates

Jason Marquis- Marquis is currently 9-5 with a 4.22 ERA. However, the Rockies are back in the race. This would be a difficult move to make.

Brad Penny- Penny is currently 6-2 with a 4.93 ERA. The Phillies have expressed interest in him

Cliff Lee- Last year's AL Cy Young winner only has a 4-6 record, but his 2.92 ERA would be great for Philadephia.

Because he is on a Indians team that is 12 games back in the AL Central, Cliff Lee seems the most likely option for the fightin' Phils.

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