"Is it tougher than any other year?" Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "I think it's more talented than those early seasons."
The Phillies had pitchers like Amaury Telemaco, Aquilino Lopez, Pedro Liriano, Eude Brito, Julio Santana, Fabio Castro, Matt Smith and others in the bullpen in 2005-06, Dubee's first two seasons as pitching coach under manager Charlie Manuel. The bullpen also included veterans at the end of their careers, like Tim Worrell and Terry Adams.
"I think we've got guys very capable of doing the job," Dubee said. "Whether it's too soon for them, we'll see. But I think the talent is better."