The sky is the limit for 24-year old lefty Cole Hamels. He started 28 games for the Phillies last season and he was 15-5 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He also whiffed 177 batters in 183.1 innings last season which shows what kind of stuff he has. If Hamels stays healthy he will be a finalist for the Cy Young Award.
27-year old righty Brett Myers will be the #2 starter this season. He was very solid as the closer for the Phillies last season but when they acquired closer Brad Lidge the Phillies decided to return Myers to the starting rotation. He pitched in 51 games (3 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 5-7 with 21 saves, a 4.33 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Myers has a career record of 59-47 with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He has much better stuff than his career stats indicate so he could have a big year soon.
Crafty 45-year old lefty Jamie Moyer will be the #3 starter for the Phillies this season. He started 33 games for the Phillies last season and he was 14-12 with a 5.01 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. Moyer usually is at his best when people write him off so look for a solid effort out of him in 2008. Moyer has now pitched in 604 games (551 starts) in his major league career and he is 230-178 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.
23-year old righty Kyle Kendrick will be the #4 starter for the Phillies this season. He started 20 games for the Phillies last season and he was 10-4 with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Kendrick throws strikes so he should win a lot of games for the Phillies with the offense they have.
30-year old righty Adam Eaton will be the #5 starter for the Phillies this season. He started 30 games for them last season and he was 10-10 with a 6.29 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. Eaton has a career record of 64-55 with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP so look for him to improve a bit this season for the Phillies.
30-year old righty Chad Durbin will open the season as the long man in the bullpen for the Phillies but he will move into the rotation if needed. He pitched in 36 games (19 starts) for the Tigers last season and he was 8-7 with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.
26-year old righty J.D. Durbin will start the season in AAA but he could get a call from the Phillies at some point in 2008. He pitched in 19 games (10 starts) for the D-Backs & Phillies last season and he was 6-5 with a 6.06 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP.
33-year old righty Kris Benson will start the season in the minors as he is rehabbing from shoulder surgery. But, he will get a quick call-up to the Phillies if he shows he’s ready. He has started 195 games in his major league career and he is 68-73 with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.
21-year old righty Carlos Carrasco is the top pitching prospect in the entire Phillies’ organization so he will be on the fast track to the majors. He started 21 games in A+AA last season and he was 12-6 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He only allowed 114 hits in 140 innings last season.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: C+