David Hernandez RP PHI 2 weeks ago

Hernandez gave up two hits, but struck out the side in a scoreless inning to pick up a hold in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Marlins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The dominant middle-relief duo of Hernandez and Hector Neris recorded all six of their outs via strikeout, forming an excellent bridge to closer Jeanmar Gomez, who claimed his 15th save of the season in the ninth inning. Though Gomez seems to enjoy decent security in his role, Hernandez still makes for an appealing roster option in deep or NL-only leagues due to his prolific strikeout rate. Hernandez's 13.5 K/9 rate is the highest among any pitcher in baseball who has covered at least 18 innings.

David Hernandez RP PHI 2 weeks ago

Hernandez allowed one run on two hits and a walk but nailed down his first save of the season in a 4-3 victory against the Reds on Saturday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With closer Jeanmar Gomez and Hector Neris unavailable due to rest, manager Pete Mackanin called upon Hernandez with a two-run lead in the ninth. The first three batters reached on a walk, single and double, which pulled the Reds within one. Hernandez induced a ground out and fly out against the next two batters, and Phillies outfielder Tyler Goeddel cut down Eugenio Suarez, who was trying to score on a sacrifice fly attempt, at home to end the game. Hernandez has one save and eight holds with one blown save this season.

David Hernandez RP PHI 4 weeks ago

Hernandez bent his left knee awkwardly making the final out in the eight inning Thursday, but said after the game he felt fine, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hernandez said he hyperextended his knee a little on the play. He worked a scoreless inning Thursday lowering his ERA to 3.14 with a 23:5 K:BB in 14.1 innings.

David Hernandez RP PHI 1 month ago

Hernandez picked up his first win of the season Friday with two scoreless innings against the Indians. He struck out four and did not allow a hit or a walk.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hernandez got off to a shaky start to the season, but has really turned things around of late. He has a 3.97 ERA and a 20:5 K:BB ratio in 11.1 innings. Hector Neris is probably next in line for save chances if Jeanmar Gomez falters, but Hernandez is right behind him in the pecking order.

David Hernandez RP PHI 1 month ago

Hernandez allowed two runs on two solo home runs in an inning of work Monday in the Phillies' loss to the Mets.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The homers from Lucas Duda and Neil Walker broke a streak of six scoreless innings for Hernandez. He's had a couple of blow ups this season which have left him with a 7.11 ERA, but he also has an 11:4 K:BB in 6.2 innings.

David Hernandez RP PHI 2 months ago

Hernandez picked up a hold with a clean inning of work Wednesday against the Reds.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Manager Pete Mackanin sent Hernandez out to work the eighth inning for the second straight game Wednesday. He hit 94 mph with his fastball and eight of his 12 pitches were strikes. Hernandez could still work his way into closing duties for the Phillies and is worth stashing if you are hunting for potential saves.

David Hernandez RP PHI 2 months ago

Hernandez allowed three runs on two walks and hit after being brought in to protect a one run lead in the eighth inning Monday. He did not record an out before being lifted from the game.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hernandez did not help his chances of earning future save opportunities with Monday's performance. He struggled to locate and his velocity was down. Hernandez told Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia that he is healthy, but it is fair to wonder if that is truly the case. He missed time this spring with triceps tendinitis. Dalier Hinojosa looks like the best bet for save chances in Philly at the moment.

David Hernandez RP PHI 2 months ago

Hernandez may be re-emerging as the top candidate to close for the Phillies, Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Manager Pete Mackanin said Monday that he is still trying to figure out "the best way to go" with his closing situation. He also said he won't name a closer until he is 100 percent sure about putting someone in that role. That could lead to the Phillies opening the year with a committee. Hernandez and Dalier Hinojosa look like the top two choices to close at the moment. Andrew Bailey, who was once considered the front runner for the job, might now be looking at a trip to Triple-A at the start of the season.

David Hernandez RP PHI 2 months ago

Hernandez said he felt good after throwing an inning in a Grapefruit League game Monday, CSN Philadelphia reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hernandez allowed a double and a triple in his inning of work as he struggled with his fastball command. He is on track to open the regular season on the active roster, but it remains to be seen if he will be the closer or if the Phillies will go with Andrew Bailey.

David Hernandez RP PHI 2 months ago

Hernandez pitched a scoreless inning in a minor league game Friday, the Wilmington News Journal reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hernandez struck out two and sat between 92-94 mph with his fastball. It was originally reported that he would pitch in a Grapefruit League game Saturday, but those plans have apparently changed. He said after Friday's appearance that there is no discomfort in his triceps when pitching, but he does have a little stiffness when cooling down. He seems to be on track in his recovery from triceps tendinitis.