The Philadelphia Phillies had an MVP, a Cy Young candidate, and a sleeper standout named Ranger, along with so much talent, a few former All-Stars, an ex-MVP and some awesome trade deadline energy...and EVEN THAT couldn't get them into the playoffs.
Look...I imagine it's tough. Especially in the NL East, where pretty much everyone was human and had flaws. But the Phillies had a chance in July and August to take the East, and lost the lead, paving the way for the Braves to take the east and eventually the MLB.
The Phillies had most of the season with their rotation hydra of Wheeler-Nola-Eflin, but after 18 games, Eflin hit the IL. To that point, he'd had a 4.17 ERA and 99 Ks, but a 4-7 record. If he'd stayed healthy, yes we might not get the legend of Ranger Suarez, but maybe there'd be more rotation security and less reasons to start Chase Anderson and Matt Moore.
2022 Prediction: A healthy year, with better numbers, dwarfed by Wheeler and Nola still.
2022 Prediction: So many people could sign him. I'd honestly say the Red Sox, A's and Braves have the best chance. Unless the Phils bring him back, which I'd love, but I'm not 100% sure will happen.
2022 Predictions: I get this sinking feeling that the Phils are gonna bring him back.
2022 Prediction: Not even the Astros can save him, and he'll be trying to keep his ERA under 4 all year.
2022 Prediction: Somebody cool signs him, and he does well enough there, albeit in a bench role.
2022 Prediction: Falls into a backup role.
2022 Prediction: There's a starting spot with his name on it, and he's gonna keep pounding them where they ain't all the way to a .300 average.
2022 Prediction: A season in the Korean leagues to ramp him back up to some humble late-career years in a few years.
2022 Prediction: A cheap closing option somewhere. Maybe he returns to Arlington.
Tomorrow, some last remnants of another forgettable Pirates team.