Phillies Rotation: Syndergaard out, Falter in with 16 games left in the regular season
Noah Syndergaard has been officially bumped from the Philadelphia Phillies starting rotation.
The emergence of Bailey Falter has left Syndergaard as the odd man out of the Phillies rotation over the final 16 games of the 2022 regular season. Over his last seven games, Falter is 5-2 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. In comparison, Syndergaard is just 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP over his last seven starts with the Phillies.
Phillies manager Rob Thomson stated that Bailey Falter has earned the right to stay in the rotation after serving as a fill-in piece for Zach Eflin at the end of July, and then again for Zack Wheeler since late August.
Syndergaard simply hasn’t worked out as the Phillies hoped, allowing 30 hits and 15 runs in just 22 innings over his last four starts.
In addition to Falter stabilizing himself in the rotation, Zack Wheeler will return to the rotation on Wednesday night after missing his last five starts with right elbow/forearm inflammation. The Phillies will remain careful with Wheeler’s pitch count and will use Syndergaard to piggyback his starts if needed.
Side Note: I would love to take some time and rip the Phillies and their fans for trading Mickey Moniak for Syndergaard and how everyone thought were were going to get “Thor” from the Mets but honestly, I would much rather focus on winning baseball games so we’ll get back to that later.
Phillies Starting Rotation This Week
- Wednesday night vs. Toronto: Zach Wheeler vs. RHP Kevin Gausman
- Thursday night vs. Atlanta: Ranger Suarez vs. TBA
- Friday night vs. Atlanta: Aaron Nola vs. TBA
- Saturday afternoon vs. Atlanta: Bailey Falter vs. TBA
- Sunday afternoon vs. Atlanta: Gibson vs. TBA
There are 16 games left in the regular season and the Phillies will have the day off today before opening their final home stand of 2022 tomorrow against the Toronto Blue Jays. With three straight losses, the Phillies remain at 80 wins with their loss total jumping up to 66 games.
At the same time, the Padres have won three straight games, pushing the Phillies down to the third and final NL Wild Card spot. The Brewers are on the outside looking in, two games behind the Phillies.
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