Phillies reliever Jake Diekman has a 6.75 ERA this season and has been optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. (AP Photo)
To say this has been a good year for relief pitcher Jake Diekman is an long stretch by every meaning of the word.
The lefty has a 6.75 ERA and the worst WHIP (2.02) of any major-league reliever with 15-plus innings this year.
For that, the 28-year-old was sent to Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs after the Phillies 6-4 loss to the Reds Thursday night.
In the loss, Diekman pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, while walking his 17th batter of the season, which gave him the most among big-league relief pitchers.
Ever since the grand slam he allowed to Hanley Ramirez in the Phillies 8-0 loss to the Red Sox to start the series, the lefty hasn’t be the 2014 Jake Diekman. Last year, he was a center piece of the Phillies’ bullpen, recording 100 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.80 in 71 innings.
In 21.1 innings this season, Diekman is 0-1 with 29 stikeouts over 25 games. He has walked 17 batters while allowing 26 hits and 18 runs (16 earned) to cross the plate.
A corresponding roster move will be made Friday.