The Phillies have learned a lot this year, but there are a couple questions remaining
Entering the 2018 season the Phillies had questions surrounding Aaron Nola, Rhys Hoskins, and Gabe Kapler. Most of those questions have been answered, but new ones have emerged that we’re still trying to figure out.
Here are five the organization needs to figure out by the end of the season going into the winter meetings.
Do the Phillies have enough starters?
People who haven’t followed the Phillies closely thought they’d need to add another starter at the trade deadline. On paper that would make sense with little-known names following Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta.
Vince Velasquez, Nick Pivetta, and Zach Eflin have held down the fort, and while they aren’t the Halladay/Lee/Hamels/Oswalt rotation, they’ve been serviceable, and in some cases outstanding.
The three backend starters have each had stretches where they’ve been untouchable, then they hit a wall that brings back the question of whether another veteran is needed.
Philadelphia’s depth in Triple-A is also encouraging with prospects Enyel De Los Santos, Ranger Suarez, and Cole Irvin ready and able to perform. Further down the line Philadelphia hopes Sixto Sanchez and Adonis Medina deadline the rotation for a decade.
But the team is ready to win now, and the front office needs to find out which of the three major league starters is ready to be more than serviceable. Patrick Corbin, Dallas Kuechel, and J.A. Happ are a few of the free agents this offseason, and the Phillies have enough prospects to pull off a trade.