Phillies Need A Big Bat, Too
Four of the team’s final six games will be started by Zach Miner, Tyler Cloyd and Ethan Martin. The rotation enters its final two games of the season 25th in baseball with a 4.38 ERA, and 29th since the All-Star break with a 5.24 ERA. And if you remove Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee from the equation, every other Phillies starter this season has a combined 5.36 ERA. Clearly, the Phillies need to do something to upgrade the rotation, including improving depth.
But let’s not forget about the offense. It is enters these final two games tied for 27th in baseball, averaging 3.75 runs per game. The Phillies also are 25th in on-base percentage (.306) and 21st in slugging percentage (.384).
Lee certainly wouldn’t mind the Phillies adding a bat in the offseason.
“Yeah, no doubt,” he said. “Why wouldn’t I? I think we all would. I think it’s been a big part of our struggles, lack of scoring runs. But we’ve also had games where we’ve scored a bunch of runs and screwed up on the mound. It takes a total package. You’ve got to pitch, you’ve got to hit, you’ve got to play defense and you’ve got to have a good bullpen. If you don’t have all of those, you’re not going to win consistently. That’s Ruben’s and those guys job to figure it out and make it happen. And it’s our job to go out there and execute and make it happen.”
It takes a total package, and that is where Ruben Amaro Jr. comes in. He’s got a ton of work to do. He needs to find a big bat to help the offense. He needs an arm or two to fill out the rotation. And he needs a couple arms to fortify the bullpen. Otherwise, the offseason should be pretty easy.