That gives the bullpen four left-handers (Antonio Bastardo, Jake Diekman, Raul Valdes and Savery) and three right-handers (Jonathan Papelbon, Chad Qualls and Jose Contreras).
"I like it," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "As long as they can get people out I don't care what side they throw from. These guys will be OK. 'We have too many lefties. We have too many righties. We have too many lefties.' What do you guys want? All we care about is if they get people out, then we're OK."
It probably would be less of an issue, except two of those right-handers have not been effective lately. Contreras has a 9.00 ERA in 10 appearances. Qualls has a 4.05 ERA in 16 appearances, but a 7.36 ERA in his last nine.
"Contreras' results haven't been great, but I like what's coming out of his hand," Amaro said. "Same way with Qualls. He has thrown very good at times and other times he's gotten bitten a little bit. But I still feel very confident in both those guys."