The Philadelphia Phillies used to have one of the strongest pitching rotations in the major leagues. With trades and retirements, that has now changed. The team is now left with two strong arms and are left with average arms for the remainder of their rotation. Just recently, Roberto Hernandez was signed. Will he be able to help the rotation?
It is up in the air. Hernandez has caused some trouble in the past by lying about his identity as he was formally known as Fausto Carmona. The charges were dropped against him, but the Phillies do not need to bring trouble or bring bad press to the team.
His numbers are not too good either. Last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, he had an ERA of 4.89 in 24 starts. He had a losing record of 6-13. How is this going to improve the Phillies’ rotation? I believe this signing was a bad idea.
Right now, the Phillies’ rotation consists of Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Kyle Kendrick. Lee was the only dependable pitcher last season. Hamels had a decent season, but the offense was unable to score runs. On Kendrick’s days, you never knew what was going to happen. Adding a pitcher who has a high career ERA just adds more concern.
Hernandez is also 33-years old. Why couldn’t the Phillies look for a younger pitcher who is in their prime? Hernandez is going to be looking to retire in the near future, and his arm is going to start to give out. He is not the once 19-game winner he used to be. Maybe coming to the Phillies will be a good thing for Hernandez. Maybe he will be able to change his ways and become a winning pitcher again. It would be a surprise to everyone.