As the 2012 season draws to a close, there are more questions than answers about the Phillies moving forward to 2013. The team as currently constructed will need more than a few minor tweaks to get back to where they need to be if they want to win another World Series. With that being said, there is a lot to dissect about what was the 2012 Phillies. Here is a comprehensive review of the team, and what grade their starting pitchers get for the 2012 season:
17-6, 3.05 ERA, 215 IP, 216 Ks
Hamels was one of the few bright spots for the Phillies this year. Even with half of his season thrown in the middle of contract talks, Hamels showed no effects in what was truly a spectacular year. Easily the most consistent pitcher on the team, Hamels had his best year as a Phillie. Moving forward, Hamels should take the reins of the staff ace for years to come and a CY Young is definitely in his future.
6-8, 3.12 ERA, 205 IP, 200 Ks
It was one of those years for Cliff Lee. When he pitched well, the Phillies played terrible behind him, but when the Phillies needed him to lock down some games, he just couldn’t. Towards the end of the season, Lee started to look a lot sharper and all signs indicate a nice bounce-back season in 2013. Many will say Lee’s Sabermetric numbers are as good as anyone this season (his adjusted ERA is testament to that), but he was not as good as they would suggest.
11-8, 4.49 ERA, 156.1 IP, 132 Ks
Roy Halladay just was not the “Roy Halladay” we have got used to seeing over the last few years Philadelphia. He was inconstant, injured, unpredictable, and had a noticeable loss of velocity. With that being said, all of the above could have been attributed to the shoulder issues and with a optimistic view Halladay could return to form in 2013. The realistic expectation for Halladay would be that he may not be best pitcher in baseball anymore, but he can still outsmart and outmaneuver his way to 15 wins and a very solid season.
6-9, 4.20 ERA, 133 IP, 107 Ks
Worley looked at times like the pitcher the Phillies needed him to be, grinding out every game in the typical ugly but “get the job done” Vance Worley style. That disappeared about halfway through the season though, as Worley began to show the effects of pitching through bone chips in his elbow. The Phillies eventually shut him down, and most believe he was solid until the injury. Phillies will need Worley to be healthy, and to be able to eat some innings away from the big three next season if they plan on playing in October.
11-12, 3.90 ERA, 159.1 IP, 116 Ks
This season was the most impressive for Kendrick thus far in his career, especially his second half in the rotation. Kendrick was arguably the Phillies best pitcher from July on, and showed that he really has found consistency as a mix it up, change speeds pitcher. Going forward, Kendrick will need to continue to show consistency, but will figure to have a spot in the rotation in 2013.
2-2, 4.91 ERA, 33 IP, 30 Ks
Though the sample size of Tyler Cloyd is not that sizable in the big leagues, it is fair to see what the Phillies have in him moving forward; a depth guy. That is not to say he is bad, just that with his stuff his margin for error is very small. He needs to develop another pitch outside of his cutter to get ML hitters out. On the positive side, he showed he can grind stats out, and if the Phillies get in a jam with injuries he could adequately fill in for a few starts here and there.
Grade: N/A (Incomplete)