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The Phillies might rank 21st in the MLB in ERA (12th in the NL), but the team's pitching is better than you'd think.
It all starts with Cliff Lee, who has been a legitimate ace all year, going 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. He has been on fire, and he leads the charge.
After Lee, things look to get a little hairy, but they're actually not all that bad.
Cole Hamels has been roughed up all year, going 4-12 with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. However, that's much better than when he was 1-9 with a 4.86 ERA at the end of May.
Hamels really can't get much worse, but he could get much better.
Kyle Kendrick has also proven to be a valuable asset. He's no ace like Lee, but his sub-4.00 ERA is encouraging, and he's gone 9-6 this season.
Finally, Roy Halladay struggled early in the season and is on the 60-day DL after undergoing shoulder surgery, but there have been rumors that he could return by the end of the year and help the team make a September run.
With all this talent, the Phillies have the potential to have a solid starting rotation by the end of the year, and closer Jonathan Papelbon has been his usual self as well. The only need is for another middle reliever or two.