JT Realmuto Responds to Eye-Roll Captured in Clip While Jared Hughes Was Running From Bullpen

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Philadephia Phillies catcher JT Realmuto finally had enough of trying to put up with Gabe Kapler's motley crew of a bullpen, and he was caught on camera appearing to roll his eyes when veteran reliever Jared Hughes entered the game against the New York Mets on Friday.

Realmuto has now issued an explanation to his facial expression in the viral clip, claiming his frustration was not directed towards Hughes, but rather that the Phils were on the cusp of blowing a pivotal game against their NL East rivals.

"It was very bad timing," Realmuto said. "Nothing was really going on. I was mad that we had just given up the lead, and Rosario's soft, two-run single. Like, that's what I was frustrated about...When I saw that video, I was like, 'Oh, God, that was the worst timing.' It couldn't have been any worse."

Philadelphia ranks 20th in the major leagues in bullpen ERA at 4.67, and not a single member of that unit has an ERA under 3.00. Given Hughes' 7.71 ERA in nine appearances, we're sure many fans back home had a similar reaction to Realmuto.

Unfortunately, Realmuto's fears were well-founded. The bullpen on Friday managed to surrender 10 earned runs in 2.2 innings. After relieving Aaron Nola in the sixth inning of a 1-1 ball game, the Mets ended up winning 11-5.