The Philadelphia Phillies own the longest postseason drought in the National League at exactly a decade. A weak bullpen and lack of clutch hitting have plagued them over the last few years. The team is being disrespected when it comes to MLB.com's starting rotation power rankings, though.
The Phillies check in all the way down at No. 10, which trails two other teams in their own division (New York Mets & Atlanta Braves) and five NL teams overall. It's worth noting that the Phillies had three pitchers earn at least eight wins and 100 strikeouts in 2021. That is not easy to accomplish.
Of course, Philadelphia's rotation is headlined by Cy Young runner-up Zack Wheeler. The 31-year-old finished a superb season with a 14-10 record and 2.78 ERA. He also led the major leagues with 213.1 innings pitched and tied for the league lead in complete games (3). Wheeler is a stud on the mound.
The ascension of Ranger Suarez may have been the best thing to come out of the Phillies' 2021 season. The closer turned starter simply broke out over the second half of the season. Suarez posted an impressive 1.36 ERA and 1.000 WHIP across a total of 106.0 innings pitched (39 appearances).
The depth speaks for itself, too. Yes, Aaron Nola struggled in 2021 and ended the year with a 4.63 ERA. However, his 3.37 expected ERA shows that he was a bit unlucky. Kyle Gibson made his first All-Star game appearance in 2021 and Zach Eflin's six years of experience makes him a reliable No. 5.
All things considered, Philadelphia should be much closer to the top of the list than they are. The Phillies currently have odds set at +2500 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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