2013 MLB Preview: Philadelphia Phillies Pitching Rotation Will Be Dominant Again
The Philadelphia Phillies missed the playoffs last season as injuries crippled their lineup. Their pitching rotation was still a collection of some of the biggest names in baseball, but it wasn’t enough. In 2013, expect the Phillies rotation to return to prominence.
Roy Halladay had an uncharacteristically terrible season last year. His ERA was high as it’s been since 2000, and his win percentage was his lowest since 2004. Considering how poor some of the teams the 35-year old ace played for were, those near-career lows are a statement of how bad his season was. Look for Halladay to bounce back at the top of the rotation.
The three-headed monster that is the Phillies rotation continues with Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. Lee went just 6-9 last season, but posted a more respectable ERA than Halladay at 3.16. Hamels, as the youngest of the Phillies’ established pitchers, went 17-6 with a 3.05 ERA and seemed unfazed by the struggles of his teammates.
With such proven talent, even in their mid-thirties, expect the Phillies rotation to bounce back. Lee and Halladay have never had such mediocre seasons since coming to Philadelphia. As some of the best pitchers in baseball, last year had to have been an anomaly.
Even if Lee and Halladay are declining, Hamels appears poised to take over as the ace of this rotation. His consistency last year anchored a late playoff push from the Phillies, and he can lead them again this year. With Hamels, Halladay, and Lee, the Phillies have some of the best pitching in baseball.