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
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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No. 1: Zack Wheeler, 5.9 fWAR

Of course Zack Wheeler is the Phillies Cy Young winner. This isn't really a surprise to anyone after the phenomenal year the right-hander had, is it?

Wheeler's 5.9 WAR wasn't only the best among all players on the Phillies but was also the best WAR value among all pitchers in the majors. Yes, even better than the six Cy Young Award finalists between the two leagues. For reference, here are the NL finalists: Zac Gallen (5.2), Logan Webb (4.9), and Blake Snell (4.1).

Anyway, back to Wheeler's 2023. He finished with a 13-6 record, a 3.61 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and logged 212 strikeouts in 192 regular season innings. He didn't miss a start, taking the ball 32 times, throwing 21 quality starts, and pitching seven-plus innings nine times.

He hit his stride shortly following the All-Star break, with his most dominant stretch coming from July 22 to Sept. 6. He pitched to a 2.45 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP, and struck out 66 hitters in 58 2/3 innings over nine games — eight of which were quality starts.

Aside from the excellent on-field results, his advanced stats show that Wheeler could have fared even better this season if he had a little better luck. He had the 10th-highest BABIP among qualified pitchers in the National League, and his xERA was 3.21, while he carried a 3.15 FIP.

The 33-year-old wrapped up his fourth season in red pinstripes by winning his first Gold Glove Award.

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