Beimel expects to pitch in tight spots
Rockies lefty will be called upon vs. Phillies' big bats
PHILADELHIA -- The Phillies have a lineup that could make many pitchers cringe. But Rockies left-handed reliever Joe Beimel smiles.
"That's how I'd prefer it, to come in where there's not a real large margin for error," Beimel said. "I have to make my pitches. That's when I feel I'm at my best. I'm not going to come in and face a small left-hander who is going to just slap a ball around. It's usually one of the bigger bats in the game."
The Rockies made a trade with the Nationals to obtain Beimel at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, specifically for situations such as the National League Division Series. Left-handed hitters Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez all have more than 30 home runs. Beimel also might have to face switch-hitting table-setters Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino.
This season, Howard is 3-for-7 with a home run and four RBIs off Beimel. Before this season, Howard was 0-for-3 against Beimel. Utley is 2-for-12 in his career, with three strikeouts and one walk. Ibanez is 2-for-5 with a double, a walk and a strikeout against Beimel, all this season. Victorino is 3-for-8 with a double, and Rollins is 3-for-12 with two doubles.
"There are guys I've had some success against," Beimel said. "Hopefully I can continue that, and when I'm called upon, get the job done."
It's not as if Beimel has been dominant in a Rockies uniform. Lefties are hitting 10-for-33 (.303) with two home runs against him since the trade. With the bullpen's other lefty, Franklin Morales, having given up runs in six of his last nine appearances, Beimel figures to be called upon at important times in the postseason.
"I've not been as good as I would've liked," Beimiel said. "But I came into a situation where I was put in a different role from how I was used earlier in the season. But I've got everything working pretty good. Hopefully, I can carry that on into the playoffs."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.