One treat that the Phillies minor league pitchers were given earlier this year was a chance to meet and hear from four of the Phillies five starters. In spring training, they were addressed as a group by Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Joe Blanton (Roy Oswalt was pitching that day). They made an impression on Biddle, the Phillies first round pick last year who pitches later today for the BlueClaws.
“Their talk was all about routine,” recalled Biddle. “That was something I didn’t grasp last year. You have to have more focus in the bullpens and focus more on each and every pitch.”
“That’s something that I didn’t necessarily grasp as well as I should have at the beginning of the year,” said Biddle. “But I started to have more and more focus on each pitch in each game. You only get about 50 pitches between starts. You have to make them count.”
Biddle had his best start on Monday against Savannah, allowing just one run in five innings, but suffered a hard-luck loss. He’ll try to pick up his first win at 5:05 against Charleston as the BlueClaws go for three out of four.
UPDATE: Note that much more from this interview will be included in an upcoming issue of the Catch of the Day game program.
In honor of Friday night’s game which was delayed until 9:54 because of a rain delayed Elon/The Citadel game, RiverDogs minority owner Bill Murray (yes that one) presented Chris Truby with an autographed baseball that says “Bill Murray. 10 pm start.”