2) Phillies fans have already lost their patience with Bailey Falter
Bailey Falter had a chance to win a rotation spot for the entirety of the 2023 season. Unfortunately, after six starts, it hasn’t been pretty. It hasn’t even been cute in a fat bulldog kind of way.
Falter is 0-5 with a 5.01 ERA. Coming off of a strong finish in the 2022 regular season, it’s a huge disappointment to see him revert back more closely to the emergency starter option for the club than an actual pitcher Rob Thomson can turn to every fifth day.
Falter does have minor league options and could be someone to demote when Suarez comes back. Matt Strahm was recently knocked around a bit himself. The decision for the Phillies will come down to whether or not they want to continue to see what Strahm can offer as a starter or move him to the bullpen where he was originally signed.
Considering the team has gotten much more from Andrew Vasquez than expected and Jose Alvarado has been terrific, they may want to keep riding Strahm’s success for as long as they can. Sending Falter to Triple-A to keep him stretched out to start is probably the wiser plan. The Phillies don’t have much starting pitching depth at all within the organization.
When Strahm wears out his welcome in the rotation, maybe then we can revisit Falter starting.