Romero was a keep contributor for the 2008 World Champion Phillies bullpen. In 59 innings in 2008, Romero had a 4-4 record with 52 strikeouts, 1.34 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched), and a 2.75 ERA. However, since his suspension, he has clearly not been the same pitcher. Struggling to find the strike zone, he has had more walks than strikeouts in each of his last two seasons and so far this season. This season Romero has a WHIP of 1.71 and an ERA of 3.86. Primarily a left handed specialist, Romero is often a “one and done” pitcher who faces one left handed hitter and then exits the game no matter the outcome.
So long Juan Carlos Romero, you won’t really be missed but still appreciated for what you did in 2008. The Phillies are back at it tonight in Seattle, to face the Mariners. First pitch slated for 10:10 pm EST.