Phillies: Do Pivetta or Velasquez benefit from a shorter season
By David Esser
This might be the last shot for Phillies starter Vince Velasquez
On the other side of this debate is Vince “Vinny Velo” Velasquez. A four year veteran of the team, Velasquez’s starts have long been met with groans from Phillies fans. Despite being an athletic freak and possessing a fastball that can regularly get into the high 90s, his career ERA with the Phillies sits at an abysmal 4.70.
Now while there was little evidence to suggest that Pivetta would succeed in a limited starting role, it’s the complete opposite when it comes to Velasquez. The hard throwing righty is actually known for his ability to start off hot. It became a routine for him in 2019, coming out of the gate firing through the first few batters before ultimately fading off. It’s what led to former manager Gabe Kapler tossing him in the bullpen.
More from Phillies News
- Philadelphia Phillies: Most impactful transactions in 2022
- How will Rob Thomson manage the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen in 2023?
- How Phillies’ Ranger Suárez is set to build on 2022 postseason dominance
- What can Philadelphia Phillies expect from Bryson Stott in 2023?
- 3 Reasons to get excited for Phillies’ Craig Kimbrel signing
Velasquez’s ERA by Inning:
While it may be unorthodox, using Velasquez as a 3-4 inning “opener” could be all the difference this year. While his form does seem to dip for some reason in the third inning of ball games, his overall production at the start of games is far better than that of Pivetta. In a 60 game season, a few wins could genuinely make all the difference between making the playoffs or missing out.
In my “Pivetta vs Velasquez” article from sixth months ago, I made the conclusion that Pivetta would be the better bet going forward. However, with the way everything has shaped up, giving Velasquez one final year in the rotation is likely the Phillies best bet going forward.