The dream Phillies rotation goes international with Kodai Senga
Kodai Senga is the latest player coming over from Japan to try and dominate Major League Baseball. Exactly what he’ll be is unknown. In our dream Phillies rotation, the team is so packed with great arms that they can afford to put him in the number four spot.
Senga’s market is tough to predict because he is an international star. He won’t slug home runs like Shohei Ohtani. The 30-year-old starter is a one-way player who can still solidify the Phillies rotation. He takes away any worries about who will start next for them in the postseason.
All rotations need at least five arms. We finalize this dream rotation with one more familiar name.
The dream Phillies rotation concludes with Ranger Suárez
Some parts of Ranger Suárez’s game could be better. Nevertheless, he rounds off this dream Phillies rotation. He’s a second lefty the team can turn to. As the fifth starter, it isn’t so bad.
Suárez played his first full season as a starter in 2022. The results included 29 starts, a 10-7 record, and 3.65 ERA. It was a bit of a decline from the previous year when he looked like a future ace. Reality caught up with him. Even in our deepest dreams, he’s not much more than the best fifth starter in baseball.
The Phillies could do much worse than Suárez as the fifth starter. If things don’t work out with him, we can all go on Andrew Painter watch. Suárez, who has excelled as a reliever in the past, could always return to the bullpen and dominate once again.
What’s so wonderful about this dream Phillies starting rotation is that they are three-fifths of the way there. Rodón is very possible, too. If we have to swap Senga for another quality veteran, so be it. This won’t be our dream starting rotation. It also won’t be a nightmare.