Wednesday, July 05, 2017

About to Have a Good Problem

Aaron Nola is starting to look like the Aaron Nola we all anticipated when he was drafted a few years back. Nick Pivetta is doing alright. Mark Leiter Jr. has surprised me so far. Ben Lively isn't striking anybody out, but he's still doing his job. Jerad Eickhoff is on the mend, as are Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez.

That's 7 starting pitchers. A rotation only holds 5 and the Phillies' current one still has veteran Jeremy Hellickson in it for the time being.
One easy fix - deal Hellickson for whatever. Honestly, he should have been dealt last season.

My rotation after Hellickson is traded would be - 1) Nola, 2) Eickhoff, 3) Pivetta, 4) Lively, and 5) Eflin. Move Leiter back to the bullpen and let Velasquez get some innings there as well.

Oh, the Phils have some guys in the minors seemingly ready too. Tom Eshelman, a forgotten man in the Giles trade, has bee excellent through 11 Triple-A starts (1.96 ERA/0.94 WHIP) and Brandon Leibrandt is making a good impression as well (7-2 with a 3.23 ERA/1.35 WHIP combined between Reading and Lehigh Valley). Of course, Jake Thompson is still around, but he's been terrible this year (5.97 ERA/1.67 WHIP) and Mark Appel continues to toil (4.87 ERA/1.67 WHIP).

It's Klentak's job to figure out what he's got moving into 2018. Personally, I think they're mostly backend starters with the exception of Nola and Eickhoff.


Pat said...

Appel seems to be turning things around. He probably gets a shot this year.
It's nice that the Phils have several young arms. I really like Nola, Pivetta, Eflin and Eickhoff.

Bob D said...

Yes Appel has been better for some time but not likely a high end starter anymore despite being drafted 1:1. Thompson has been bad but he has good potential, keep him around for another year. Leiter is actually pitching above what most thought he could it may not last but he has improved greatly on his control. Velasquez will be back soon.

Carson Book said...

He lasted a mere 2/3 of an inning tonight, allowing 4 earned runs of 5 walks and 3 hits. Appel sucks!!!

rslitman said...

Valezquez is starting on a rehab assignment for Reading on the road in Trenton tonight. That is. if the game doesn't get rained out.

Rob F said...

Don't jinx Aaron Nola, every time I think he's finally back and ready to be great again he'll have a bad start. Really hope he stays consistent, I thought he'd be the next Roy Halladay when they drafted him.

Bob D said...

Nola with another good start

GM-Carson said...

Ryan Braun career versus Phillies - 65 G, .379/1.122, 48 R, 14 DBL, 2 TRPL, 22 HR, 61 RBI, 9 SB.

ripjgarcia said...

haha.. you are not the only one to notice that.. just plain crazy.

GM-Carson said...

Pedro Beato last 3 years in Triple-A
2015 - 63 G, 74.2 IP, 61 K, 2.65/1.22
2016 - 65 G, 68 IP, 62 K, 2.65/1.22
2017 - 43 G, 45.1 IP, 35 K, 2.78/1.15

That's amazing consistency. I understand he's 30 years old, but seriously, why is this guy not being given a chance in the Phillies bullpen?!

ripjgarcia said...

Nola .. Last 7 games - 8 earned runs. Wow.

Rob F said...

Hellickson finally traded; thank goodness!!

GM-Carson said...

I plan on blogging again. Really. I'll do a recap post tomorrow perhaps.

C.M.R. said...

i've followed the orioles closely over the past few years.

you guys are gonna love hyun-soo kim. he's not a big home run masher, but he can put the ball in play just enough to get on base.

GM-Carson said...

Kim was good in 2016, but has been terrible in 2017. He'll likely just pinch hit. Can't see him taking starts away from Williams, Herrera, and Altherr. Not to mention Perkins is the 4th outfielder.

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