(Same expression in every picture of him. And I like that. Courtesy of Getty Images)
I've written about David Phelps a pretty fair amount this season. I can't help it, I think he's an underrated pitcher and I'm fascinated by the way his season has gone down. Phelps' 2012 campaign has been a continued series of fortunate opportunities created by unexpected circumstances affecting the rest of the pitching staff. He got a 25-man roster spot out of Spring Training because of Michael Pineda's shoulder injury; he got a lot of early chances to show what he could do thanks to some horrific early outings by Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes; he got the chance to start because of Freddy Garcia's unfathomably bad start to the season and the Yankees not being able to wait for Andy Pettitte any longer; he's slowly worked his way up the leverage ladder out of the bullpen as other middle relievers have regressed. Now he's got another chance to shine in a starting role because CC landed back on the DL. It's been at the expense of others' misfortune, but Phelps himself has had some pretty good situational luck this year.