Phillies 2023 Cy Young: Ranking the top 5 Most Valuable Phillies pitchers this season

Ranking the most valuable Phillies pitchers and awarding the team Cy Young for 2023.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler
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No. 4: Ranger Suárez, 2.4 fWAR

Ranger Suárez was an absolute stud as a third starter for the Phillies in the postseason. While his regular season had some ups and downs, he flashed some impressive stuff when things were going well, and compiled a 2.4 WAR.

After missing the first six weeks of the season with elbow inflammation, the lefty finally got into game action. It took him a few starts to find his groove, but from May 30 through the end of June, he went 2-1, registering a quality start in each of his six outings, with a 1.35 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.

After hitting a rough patch in July, Suárez put together another impressive six-game stretch around a two-week stay on the IL with a strained hamstring. From Aug. 1 to Sept. 16, he pitched to a 2.86 ERA and logged four more quality starts, striking out 36 in 34 2/3 innings.

Despite ending his year with a couple of rough outings, the 28-year-old finished the regular season with a 4.18 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 125 innings over 22 starts. Although, his .324 BABIP, 3.90 FIP, and 4.05 xFIP show that he maybe should have had better results. That .324 BABIP was the fifth-highest among starting pitchers with at least 120 innings.