The Miami Marlins have the best rotation in the NL East

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JULY 27: Sandy Alcantara #22 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 27, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JULY 27: Sandy Alcantara #22 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 27, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /
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Aaron Nola
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – JUNE 01: Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park on June 01, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

The Philadelphia Phillies are the next to challenge the Miami Marlins, so let’s see how The Fish have a better rotation than them as well. Philadelphia has a solid top of the staff, but it’s the rest of it that breaks it and makes sure that ours is better overall.

Aaron Nola leads Philly’s staff with a 3.92 ERA/3.44 FIP in 11 games and 66.2 innings pitched. As you can see that ERA isn’t impressive and in fact that’s been Nola’s problem. Most of the time his results aren’t reflective of his actual talent level. Philly’s bad defense could have something to do with this. He’s also a free agent after next season.

Zack Wheeler is the other ace and he has a 3.14 ERA/2.30 FIP in 10 games and 57.1 innings pitched. Wheeler is signed through 2025 and is a legit ace, so Philly does have an ace locked up going forward. Keep in mind though that the Miami Marlins have more aces locked up long-term.

Free agent-to be Kyle Gibson comes next and he has a 4.40 ERA/3.45 FIP in 11 games and 57.1 innings pitched. Gibson’s FIP may be intriguing, but it’s an outlier as his career FIP is 4.26, which is more in line with his career 4.45 ERA.

Ranger Suárez is another Philly starter and he has a 4.42 ERA/4.10 FIP in 11 games and 51 innings. It’s clear that Ranger is a mid-rotation starter at best. That’s not a bad thing of course, but also means that he’s not an ace.

Zach Eflin is the final Philly starter and is in fact their #3. Eflin has a 3.88 ERA/3.04 FIP in 9 games and 51 innings. Eflin is doing better than usual, as his career ERA is 4.50 and his career FIP is 4.35. He’s a veteran at 28 years old and is a free agent at the end of the season. Eflin is likely no better than a mid-rotation starter and might not even be in Philly next season.

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