The world champions and their starting rotation. Set in stone? Hardly. Let´s look at what we got.
Cole Hamels: Undoubtedly the ace. Still young. Capable of handling the pressure of being number one it seems.
Jamie Moyer: Just had a really great season. But he is old. Some day he will slow down. Hopefully there´s one or two good seasons before that happens.
Brett Myers: When he´s good, he is really good. But he must be more consistent. He can´t afford any more spells like the one that made him play triple-A for a while last season. Basically he played well for less than half the season and that can´t continue.
Joe Blanton: Was better than expected since acquired. Has to show that was not a fluke.
Kyle Kendrick: Played really well for most of last season, I thought he was a tad underrated, but the collapse he had towards the end of the regular season that effectively kept him out of the playoff squad is very worrying.
Adam Eaton: Well, what´s left to say about Eaton? He will not be in the rotation the upcoming season.
J.A Happ: He is a nice prospect, but is he a man for the rotation? He has only started five games in the big league so far.
Carlos Carrasco: Exciting prospect with no big league experience. I get the feeling the Phillies want a little more seasoning which could mean he at least starts out in the minors. Is it just the stats that are lying or did he slow down a bit last year?
Chan Ho Park: Interesting acquisition. Starter or reliever? With all the good relievers the phillies have I´d like to think he can compete for a starting spot. At least early on before maybe Carrasco or someone else is ready.
Being the defending world champions certainly the rotation has more question marks than I would like. Last season worked out of course. But looking at these starters I don´t see a rotation for a championship team. Hopefully I am wrong. I would have been last season!