Phillies: Which starting pitchers can survive the season?
Zach Eflin: Stay
Zach Eflin has been the most consistently good starting pitcher the team has right now and has shown how much better his placement has got this year. Although Eflin has shown a lot of improvements we most likely are seeing the best it’s going to get which is a third or fourth starting pitcher on a good team.
Eflin leads the team with a 2.6 WAR and leads starters with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.150 WHIP.
The Phillies would be in no business to move on from Eflin and hopefully can help him get back into the success that they will need from him.
Nick Pivetta: Stay
One of the most interesting storylines so far this season is the tale of Nick Privetta. At the beginning of this year, he was given the second role in the rotation and was praised by the coaching staff.
After a major collapse in his early starts, he went down to the minors only to come back to pitch some of the best games we have seen all season. After pitching to the tune of a 7.71 ERA prior to his demotion, Pivetta has a 2.08 ERA in three games since coming back.
Pivetta has proven so far that his minor absence did dividends to his mindset which now is transferring to the results. Once again, the Phillies are not going to get rid of Pivetta especially after his last couple of outings. Although he is skating on thin ice he could be shown off as trade bait to land a bigger named starting pitcher.