The Philadelphia Phillies are finishing this season in last place primarily because of poor starting pitching.
Cole Hamels did have a wonderful season and Cliff Lee was on his way to a solid year before going down with an elbow injury at the end of July. Outside of their two horses the starting staff has given almost nothing to Ryne Sandberg.
Philly is the first MLB team since 2012 with two pitchers making 30 starts and finishing with an ERA+ of less than 85.
Year Lg Tm #Matching 2014 NL Philadelphia Phillies 2 A.J. Burnett / Kyle Kendrick 2012 AL Cleveland Indians 2 Ubaldo Jimenez / Justin Masterson 2012 AL Kansas City Royals 2 Bruce Chen / Luke Hochevar 2012 NL San Francisco Giants 2 Tim Lincecum / Barry Zito 2011 NL New York Mets 2 Chris Capuano / Mike Pelfrey
Kyle Kendrick posted a sub 3.00 ERA and 3-to-1 K/BB rate in the 2nd half while earning his first roster spot on an MLB All-Star team.
While besting his career high in strikeouts by 32 this year the Phillies 7th round pick in 2003 is their ideal #4 starter for next year. A $4.5 million invoice for a quality starter in a big market is a nice get for the Philadelphia management.