Phillies: Restructuring 2020’s starting rotation

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JULY 06: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros reacts after striking out Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to end the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park on July 06, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - JULY 06: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros reacts after striking out Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to end the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park on July 06, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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Because he’s left-handed, Smyly could get a shot at the Phillies 2020 rotation. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images. /

The Numerical Bible:

This review is not a sabermetrics article, which means no heavy statistical analysis. But because some readers rely on stats, this is only a reference: no reason to articulate the importance of these numbers.

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Right-handers’ 2019 stats through Aug. 15:   

  • Cole, almost 29: 25 Gms., 156 2/3 Inn., 14-5, a 2.87 ERA, a 3.11 FIP, a 2.82 xFIP, a 2.94 SIERA, a 6.0 fWAR and a 0.98 WHIP.
  • Odorizzi, 29: 23 Gms., 120 1/3 Inn., 13-5, a 3.44 ERA, a 3.92 FIP, a 4.76 xFIP, a 4.48 SIERA, a 2.6 fWAR and a 1.22 WHIP.
  • Wheeler, 29: 23 Gms., 144 1/3 Inn., 9-7, a 4.36 ERA, a 3.54 FIP, a 3.88 xFIP, a 4.05 SIERA, a 3.4 fWAR and a 1.27 WHIP.
  • Gibson, 31.5: 25 Gms. (1 relief), 132 1/3 Inn., 11-5, a 4.28 ERA, a 4.08 FIP, a 3.88 xFIP, a 4.29 SIERA, a 2.6 fWAR and a 1.32 WHIP.

Southpaws’ stats for 2019 through Aug. 15: 

  • Bumgarner, 30: 26 Gms., 158 2/3 Inn., 8-7, a 3.63 ERA, a 3.72 FIP, a 4.16 xFIP, a 4.44 SIERA, a 2.7 fWAR and a 1.10 WHIP.
  • Hamels, 35.5: 20 Gms., 109 2/3 Inn., 6-4, a 3.69 ERA, a 3.72 FIP, a 3.48 xFIP, a 3.75 SIERA, a 2.4 fWAR and a 1.32 WHIP.
  • Keuchel, 31.5: 11 Gms., 65 2/3 Inn., 3-5, a 4.39 ERA, a 4.97 FIP, a 3.95 xFIP, a 4.39 SIERA, a 0.3 fWAR and a 1.34 WHIP.
  • Ryu, 32.5: 22 Gms., 142 2/3 Inn., 12-2, a 1.45 ERA, a 2.86 FIP, a 3.31 xFIP, a 3.76 SIERA, a 4.1 fWAR and a 0.93 WHIP.

Phillies stats through Aug. 15:

Smyly, 30:

  • Total: 18 Gms. (4 relief), 80 Inn., 2-6, a 7.09 ERA, a 6.92 FIP, a 5.59 xFIP, a 5.17 SIERA, a -0 .2 fWAR and a 1.65 WHIP.
  • Phillies: 5 Gms., 28 2/3 Inn., 1-1, a 4.71 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

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