Ranking MLB’s Starting Rotations: 30-26

29. Philadelphia Phillies

  • 1)LHP Cole Hamels, 30 years old: 9-9, 2.64 ERA, 204.2 IP, 176 H, 56 ER, 14 HR, 59 BB, 198 K, 1.15 WHIP, 8.71 K/9, 2.59 BB/9, 3.21 xFIP, 3.8 WAR, 1.49 GB/FB, .295BABIP
    • 46.4 percent ground balls, 3,136 pitches, 2,070 strikes, 11.9 swinging strikes
    • 92.3 MPH FB (51.9), 84.3 MPH CH (22.4), 88.9 MPH CUT (16.2), 78.3 MPH CRV (9.5)
    • Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP, has been the center of a lot of trade rumors this offseason. The San Diego Padres have been a rumored suitor, as well as the Boston Red Sox, and Chicago Cubs. As of right now, he’s still a Phillie, and the Phillie ace, as he probably would be anywhere he lands, and is under contract through 2019. He would yield a pretty massive haul, which the Phillies want to help build an – as it stands now, very poor – farm system. Over the last five seasons, he’s posted a 3.00 ERA with a 60-49 record, 1,064 2/3 innings in five seasons, seven complete games, and 1,021 strikeouts.
  • 2)LHP Cliff Lee, 36 years old: 4-5, 3.65 ERA, 81.1 IP, 100 H, 33 ER, 7 HR, 12 BB, 72 K, 1.38 WHIP, 7.97 K/9, 1.33 BB/9, 3.01 xFIP, 1.7 WAR, 1.62 GB/FB, .358BABIP
    • 48.4 percent ground balls, 1,273 pitches, 869 strikes, 7.8 swinging strikes
    • 89.6 MPH FB (57.3), 83.1 MPH CH (20.3), 86.0 MPH CUT (14.5), 73.7 MPH CRV (5.7), 80.0 MPH SL (2.3)
    • A savvy veteran, Lee missed a lot of time last year with an elbow strain that sidelined him in May. If he can stay healthy next year, there’s no reason to think he won’t have another strong season. In 2013, he was 14-8 with a 2.87 ERA, and like Hamels, would have much better win-loss records for a team with a stronger offense, so we’ll see if he starts and ends the season a Phillie.
  • 3)RHP David Buchanan, 25 years old: 6-8, 3.75 ERA, 117.2 IP, 120 H, 49 ER, 32 BB, 771 K, 1.29 WHIP, 5.43 K/9, 2.45 BB/9, 4.14 xFIP, 0.6 WAR, 1.68 GB/FB, .284BABIP
    • 50.7 percent ground balls, 1,817 pitches, 1,132 strikes, 7.7 swinging strikes
    • 90.3 MPH FB (39.8), 89.3 MPH CUT (29.6), 81.5 MPH CH (21.1), 77.2 MPH CRV (9.5)
    • One of the young pitchers on the team, Buchanan had a successful stint in the majors in 2014. After two rough starts in June (his third and fourth starts in the majors, respectively), he had a 3.16 ERA and a 5-5 record the rest of the season. Going forward, he’s one of the guys the Phillies can pencil into their staff and depend on even as Hamels’ and Lee’s futures in Philadelphia look spotty.
  • 4)RHP Jerome Williams, 33 years old: 6-7, 4.77 ERA, 115 IP, 125 H, 61 ER, 12 HR, 36 BB, 82 K, 1.40 WHIP, 6.42 K/9, 2.82 BB/9, 4.09 xFIP, 0.3 WAR, 1.38 GB/FB, .313BABIP
    • 44.6 percent ground balls, 1,832 pitches, 1,198 strikes, 7.6 swinging strikes
    • 91.4 MPH FB (46.8), 89.0 MPH CUT (26.8), 84.8 MPH CH (13.7), 80.3 MPH CRV (12.7)
    • Williams, 33, is owed $2.5 million next year, and in nine games with the Phillies last year, went 4-2 with a 2.83 mark, and spent the rest of the season with the Astros and Rangers, where he struggled. He’s been on seven different teams in nine seasons.
  • 5)RHP Miguel Gonzalez, 28 years old: 0-1, 6.75 ERA, 5.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 5 K, 2.25 WHIP, 8.44 K/9, 5.06 BB/9, 5.26 xFIP, -0.1 WAR, 0.40 GB/FB, .400BABIP
    • 47.6 percent fly balls, 130 pitches, 86 strikes, 12.3 swinging strikes
    • 95.0 MPH FB (63.1), 77.8 MPH CRV (21.5), 82.4 MPH CH (15.4)
    • 28-year-old Cuban Gonzalez went 0-4 in the minors last season, but posted a 3.11 ERA, 54 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings, and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings. He was called up in September, and in six relief appearances, allowed four runs in five and a third frames. With poor depth, he’ll go into the season as the fifth man in the starting five.

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