Seranthony Dominguez’s New Career Wasn’t a Pennant Race

NLCS: Seranthony Dominguez Leads a Rebuilt Phillies Bullpen

By Mark Sheldon

April 15th, 2011

Seranthony Dominguez has never experienced the pressure of pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies. Until his new career came to an end last night, he had faced no pressure at all. He had never been in front of fans, nor had he been involved in any media attention. He had never been an integral part of the franchise’s history. He had never been called upon to pitch in a pennant race.

The Phillies had acquired him for the second time last December and he had spent the previous eight months helping his new club win 95 games. A month later, he had experienced the first of many lows. The last six turns he had faced had culminated in being the starting lefty for a playoff-caliber team for the first time since 1999. His numbers during this stretch had been excellent. He had posted strikeouts in double-digit-percentile fashion, thrown 16 complete games, and thrown three shutouts.

So, after a strong winter in which he had built and refined his mechanics, the Phillies asked him to do something that he didn’t know how to do. They were asked to help the team win a pennant for the third time in team history. They had a team that had won 115 games or more three times in the previous three seasons, but it had not been competitive in the postseason since 2003. They’d missed the postseason in consecutive years straight up, losing to the New York Mets in the 2005 regular season and then the Washington Nationals in the 2009 postseason.

The Phillies had, in short, a team that had won without being good. This organization had never been in contention for the Pennant.

As the season started, the Phillies had a team that had struggled to win and that had been outscored by a total of 818 runs. The team had posted an all-time franchise worst 4.33 runs per game. The pitching staff was comprised of a former Cy Young Award winner and future Hall of Famer, a former Cy Young Award winner and future Hall of Fame pitcher. The starters had combined for 19 complete games that year, four shutouts, and

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