Monday, February 15, 2016

PN Writers' Roundtable: Who Will Be the Phils' 5th Starter?

Over on Phillies Nation today, the staff provided their predictions on who would be the Phils' fifth starter to open the 2016 season. 

My take: With a left-hander needed among the starting five, I'll be looking at Brett Oberholtzer, who was acquired in the Giles trade, to make the Phils' starting rotation.  In 45 big league appearances (42 starts), the 26-year-old sports an 11-20 record with a 3.94 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and a 5.9 K/9 mark.  Growing up in Delaware as a Phillies fan, it was always a dream of his to take the mound in red pinstripes.  Having attended the 2008 World Series parade as a fan, the six-foot-one 225-pounder wants to be a guy that helps turn things around for the organization that finished with the worst record in MLB last year.  There won't be a better story in spring training and fans of the Phillies should be backing this local product.  Let's go, Brett!

To read the answers from the other PN writers, click this link.
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