Philadelphia Phillies rookie pitcher Jesen Therrien of Montreal, Quebec did not get good news this past week as he was placed on the 60 day disabled list with a right elbow strain and is gone for the season. Therrien pitched in 15 games for the Phillies in 2017 and struggled as he had an earned run average of 8.35.
In 18 1/3 innings pitched, Therrien gave up 24 hits, 17 earned runs, five home runs, seven walks and one hit batter. He had 10 strikeouts, but a very high WHIP of 1.69.
In 15 games with the Phillies, Therrien had eight games where he did not allow an earned run. Unfortunately, in his last four games, Therrien really struggled as he gave up nine earned runs in 8 2/3 innings.
Luckily for Therrien, the Phillies will probably be patient with the 24 year-old right handed pitcher from Ahuntsic College in Cap-Rogue, Quebec. The Phillies are in a massive rebuilding process at the moment as they are at 58 wins and 91 losses and 32 games back of the Washington Nationals in the National League East. Only the San Francisco Giants at 58 wins and 93 losses are worse than the Phillies in Major League Baseball.
Therrien is not the only Canadian pitcher on the Philadelphia Phillies. He is joined by Victoria’s own Nick Pivetta. Unfortunately, Pivetta has struggled in recent times as well. He has given up six or more runs in three of his last five starts. However, Pivetta has had two quality starts over the last three weeks. On August 27, Pivetta got his fifth win of the season by allowing only two earned runs in five innings in a 6-3 Phillies win over the Chicago Cubs. Then on September 1, Pivetta only gave up one earned run in six innings in a 2-1 Phillies win over the Miami Marlins. Still, in order for Pivetta and Therrien to make their mark on the Phillies in the long term, they will need to work on staying healthy and be more consistent.