The Phillies are 21-23, and have had pitchers start games this year. With a rotation full of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels, the Phillies have multiple top starters in their rotation. But, their best starter may not be one of them. Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone have been fantastic starters, and even though it may not seem like it, lets break it down.
Jonathan Pettibone (Stats Through May 18, 2013): 3-0, 3.41 ERA, 29.0 IP, 17 Ks, 1.28 WHIP, 5.3 Ks/9, Phillies are 4-1 (.800) When Pettibone Starts
Kyle Kendrick (Stats Through May 18, 2013): 4-2, 2.82 ERA, 60.2 IP, 41 Ks, 1.15 WHIP, 6.1 Ks/9, Phillies are 7-2 (.778) When Kendrick Starts
Cliff Lee (Stats Through May 18, 2013): 4-2, 2.83 ERA, 63.2 IP, 50 Ks, 1.08 WHIP, 7.1 Ks/9, Phillies are 4-5 (.444) When Lee Starts
It may just be bad luck for Lee, but the Phillies just do not win when he starts. If the Phillies want to have any chance of making the playoffs, they need to use Lee's quality starts to their advantage. If they do, and Cole Hamels comes around
as a starting pitcher, the Phillies could find themselves right in it.