By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor
At the outset of the Philadelphia Phillies 2018 season, we were pretty sure of one thing - the offense was going to thrive. The bullpen, on paper, had a chance to be pretty good, though key pieces like Luis Garcia, Edubray Ramos and Adam Morgan had been inconsistently effective leading up to the 2018 season. And the starting rotation, behind Aaron Nola, was a major question mark.
Well, go figure, through the first month of the season, the Phillies starting pitching staff has been one of the best in the sport, posting a 3.37 FIP and 3.50 ERA. Sure, Nola has been good, but Jake Arrieta, Nick Pivetta and Vince Velasquez have arguably been as good - if not better. Since a meltdown in the team's Opening Day loss, the bullpen - led by Victor Arano, of all people - has been very good and figures to get better when Pat Neshek and Mark Leiter Jr. return.
The offense has been...interesting. The Phillies approach at the plate has been tremendous, as Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana have led a charge to see more pitches than the team has in previous seasons. The Phillies are scoring 4.88 runs per game, which is up from 4.26 in 2017. With that, though, the Phillies are striking out 10.21 times per game, which is the third worst number in the league. The Phillies are hitting .235 as a team, which is 18th best in the MLB and down from the .250 that they hit over the course of the 2017 season.
So below, nearly one month into the season, is a look at how valuable each Phillies regular has been in terms of dollars and fWAR. The results, as you might imagine, are all over the place.