Mike Adams is no stranger to the 8th inning. In his role as the set-up guy for the Texas Rangers last year, Adams appeared in 61 games for the Rangers and entered into the ballgame in the 8th inning in every game with the exception of 7 games.
The role of set-up man for the closer is one of the toughest in baseball, often you’re coming into the game when the score is very close and it’s your job to hold the other team and get the game into the 9th inning so the closer can come in and finish off.
The Rangers put Adams to work even when they were up in games as well, to help him keep that rhythm going and to stay fresh. That is the key to a keeping a bullpen fresh, just because you’re up in a game don’t just assume that a player should just be put up on a shelf to be rested when that is probably worse for them in the long run.
Adams doesn’t give up the long ball very much either. Since Mike came into the MLB in 2004, he has only given up 27 HR’s and that is amazing considering that he’s been pitching for so many years now. He’s been in the MLB for 8 seasons and in 358 games so far in his career.
I like how CSN has adapted some of their interviews with the preface of “Phillies Talk”, they seemed to have taken my podcast name and made it their own. We’ve been doing a podcast called “Phillies Talk” for years now, so the more the merrier!
P.S. – any Philly lawyers out there that think I may have a case of infringement, please email me and we’ll sue the daylights out of them!