In what will go down as the worst day in franchise history, the Philadelphia Phillies have designated Chad Qualls for assignment. The club has ten days to either trade him, release him or place him on waivers. If Qualls is placed on waivers and passes through, he’ll be sent to AAA Lehigh Valley. A vital part of the Phillies great bullpen, Chad posted a 5.68 ERA in his last 29 appearances after pitching scoreless frames in his first six outings. According to multiple beat writers, Qualls asked to be traded because he’s “a Major League Pitcher” and wouldn’t know what to do in the minors. There’s a strong possibility that the Phillies will trade him for the likes of a Josh Hamilton. Jeremy Horst, acquired in the Wilson Valdez trade, took his place on the 40-man roster and will be in uniform today. The organization also made another move in sending down Joe Savery, another cog in the great Phillies bullpen, and brought up Brian Sanches, who’s likely going to go down as one of the greatest Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs/Scranton Wilkes Barre Phillies of all time.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Okay, seriously. Qualls was terrible and he’s been pretty terrible for the past three years. In 2010, the Arizona Diamondbacks had arguably one of the worst bullpens in Major League history, finishing with a team ERA of 5.74. Qualls was with the team until Tampa Bay was foolish enough to trade for him at the trade deadline. In 43 games with the Diamondbacks, Chad posted a 8.29 ERA, allowing 61 hits in 38 innings and posting a WHIP of 2.00.
Qualls improved slightly with the Rays, lowering his WHIP to 1.43 (still not very good) and his ERA to 5.57 in 27 games. In 2011, Chad had an ERA of 3.51 for the San Diego Padres, which doesn’t sound terrible, but if you look deeper into the numbers, he was below average. As his strikeouts per nine declined from 7.5 to 5.2, his ERA away from the spacious Petco Park was over 5 with a WHIP of 1.57 and a opponent’s OPS of .817. Hardly numbers that scream very good reliever to you. In Philadelphia, Qualls’ hits per nine innings pitched jumped from 8.8 in 2011 to 11.2 in 2012. His strikeouts per nine were up slightly, but still not numbers that are very good. Phillies’ fans’ final memories of Qualls will be him getting booed off the mound after getting lit up by an average Pirates’ offense. Defenders of Chad will state that he was only average in a bad bullpen and that he only cost 1.15 million. While his numbers are okay if you take his contract into consideration, that doesn’t mean he’s any less terrible. Thanks for the memories Chad. I’ll always remember you as the guy who should have retired after giving up a home run to Michael Martinez.
The following music video pretty much sums up how Phillies fans felt about the teams chances of winning when Chad Qualls entered a game. Seriously he sucked this season. His numbers were awful with inherited runners allowing 10 of 16 to score. Good luck getting trade Chad.