The Phillies were one of the better run producing teams last year and with the re-signing of J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorious, the Phillies should be among the better hitting teams again in 2021. On the other hand, their pitching, particularly in the bullpen, was atrocious. The team as made inroads this offseason and continue to add arms to the staff.
Matt Moore, who pitched in Japan last year, has been signed by the Phillies. He’s had big league success dating back to 2013 when he was an All-Star with the Rays. After struggling in 2017 and 2018, he had knee issues in 2019. His 2.65 ERA in 15 starts in Japan last season were encouraging. The Phillies appear relatively confident that Moore will make a push for a spot at the back of the rotation.
In addition, the Phillies signed right-handed pitcher Chase Anderson, who has pitched seven Major League seasons, four with the Brewers, two with the Diamondbacks and last season with the Blue Jays. Although he struggled to a 7.22 ERA, Anderson was solid from 2014-2019 with an ERA of 3.94 and a record of 53-40. One issue could be that he’s a flyball pitcher in a hitter’s park.
Spring training is set to open in two weeks and the Phillies top three starters are set in Aaron Nola, Zach Wheeler and Zach Eflin. The question is who will fill the remaining two spots. It appears that Moore is nearly a lock at number four, with Anderson, Vince Velasquez, Spencer Howard, among others fighting for the fifth spot.
The Phillies also added to the bullpen, particularly with Archie Bradley. Having not made the postseason since 2011, the Phillies could find their way back if the newly acquired arms produce as they are capable.