1. Roy Halladay 25 starts, (11-8), 156.1 IP, 132 Ks, 36 BBs, 4.49 ERA.
Doc’s year was definitely one of disappointment. The two-time Cy Young award winner finished with his second highest ERA in his career. Now you can’t believe this can continue. So far in his career with the Phillies he has won and finished second in the voting for the Cy Young award. I feel that next year will be more of the usual Halladay. This is one of the hardest, if not the hardest working players in baseball and there is no reason to think that he won’t show up in spring training stronger and ready to go.
2. Cole Hamels 31 starts, (17-6), 215.1 IP, 216 Ks, 52 BBs, 3.05 ERA
Hamels was the bright spot in this year’s rotation. Finishing with a career high 17 wins, Hamels stood out as the ace of the 2012 staff as well as collecting a large payday with his new contract. Locking up Hamels during the season helps the Phillies avoid losing him to another team in free agency because Hamels had expressed interest in testing the waters. I look for Hamels to continue his dominance of the NL next year and for years to come.
3. Cliff Lee 30 starts, (6-9), 211 IP, 207 Ks, 28 BBs, 3.16 ERA.
Cliff, needless to say, had a very frustrating year. Six wins (as of 10/2) is his lowest total since 5 wins in 2007 with Cleveland. For the most part, Cliff pitched well, there were some starts in which he fell apart and gave up a few runs, but the offense just did not produce for him at all. If the offense, a healthy offense can produce for Cliff next season, things will be alright come 2013. That’s a big IF but the offensive production can’t be much worse than what it was in 2012.
4. Kyle Kendrick 25 starts, (11-12), 159.1 IP, 116 Ks, 49 BBs, 3.90 ERA.
Double K has never been a consistent pitcher in his career with the Phillies. Although, the second half of the 2012 season has been extremely impressive. Kendrick has pitched well enough, in my mind, to get himself a spot in the rotation for 2013. He finished the second half of the season with a 9-4 record with most of those wins coming in August when he pitched extremely well. Hopefully Kendrick can pitch with the same sort of consistency in 2013 as he did in the second half of 2012.
5. Vance Worley 23 starts, (6-9), 133 IP, 107 Ks, 47 BBs, 4.20 ERA.
Vance, in part because of his injuries, was affected by the sophomore slump. Worley had elbow surgery to remove a loose body and spur from his pitching arm. You could attribute his struggles to this injury but, in his second season, hitters adjusted to him and got the book on him after his rookie campaign. 2013 hopefully will be a more a promising and healthy season for Vance, who I would absolutely leave in the rotation.
Oh boy, the bullpen this year was absolutely atrocious. Aside from a few bright spots like Papelbon, the pen was reall,y really terrible. Remember Chad Qualls? Remember the bullpen game? These were low points in the season that frustrated me so much I wanted to see no part of the bullpen and held a Twitter campaign to release Qualls. The fact that he left and "didn't know why" was completely baffling to me. He went on to the Yankees and the Pirates, and late in the season, I read tweets from Pirates fans who were becoming irate with Qualls, who I can only imagine played a large role in their collapse. Here is a list of the pitchers who I would keep in 2013.
Justin De Fratus
Notice there is no Michael Schwimer or B.J. Rosenberg or Jake Diekman. I'm sorry but none of those three really showed much consistency. It'll be Triple A for them if it were up to me. So many games were lost for the Phils in the late innings and most of the blame fell on the middle relievers and the "set up" men. Adding another reliever in free agency would be very wise this off season. A name popping up recently is Texas Rangers' Mike Adams. Adams has been consistent for the Rangers all season in completing the bridge to closer Joe Nathan. Another free agent is Tampa Bay Rays reliever J.P. Howell. Phillies fans remember Howell from the World Series who pitched in 12 games that postseason. Another reliever must be added in free agency. With most of the pen already locked up, a strong 7th and 8th inning reliever is what the Phillies need. Despite the numerous injuries that plagued the Phils this season, the bullpen was probably the team
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