The Philadelphia Phillies have the second-best record in the MLB at this point in the season, but the fifth-starter spot has been a huge question mark thus far. Joe Blanton was named the fifth starter in the rotation after it was announced that the Phillies would have enough money to keep him around. However, he has not performed well enough to satisfy Philly fans.
The Phillies have experimented with other guys in the fifth-starter spot in Blanton's stints on the disabled list this year. Kyle Kendrick has been used and has been knocked around in the starter role.
Vance Worley, however, has come in and had two quality starts, leading to a 2-0 record in his two starts this season. Worley is scheduled to pitch Tuesday and Sunday this week, giving himself more chances to prove he is a legitimate starting pitcher.
The Phillies have a few questions surrounding them such as when will they finally be healthy and can they live up to the hype? But one question that remains is who will be the fifth starter? Here are five guys who could replace Big Joe.