It's been awhile since the Philadelphia Phillies' offense performed like an American League team, a tight defense was seen on the field or the bullpen created relief. But, unsettled issues surrounding the team's starting rotation also continue to exist as this ill-fated season has developed.
Joe Blanton's 2-14 record with the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim have zero fans clamoring for his return.
Roy Oswalt is currently wearing a Colorado Rockies uniform at this stage of his career. That former 'Fab Four' pitcher isn't coming back either.
Roy Halladay has plenty of career experience and heart. Whether he can show 'moves like Moyer' (meaning Jaime Moyer, with an ode to Maroon 5's 'Moves Like Jagger') as he attempts to age gracefully is yet to be determined.
And then there's Kyle Kendrick. The veteran swingman's WHIP dropped to a career-low 1.221 in 2011. Since then he hasn't been as consistent, which makes one wonder if the 29-year-old might be walking through a career plateau.
'KK' is arbitration eligible this offseason and other arm options could factor into the length of his red pinstriped stay.
In consideration of some prospects within the system and the as yet unconfirmed contract of Cuban pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, questions about the starting staff are sure to linger in general manager Ruben Amaro Junior's mind into next season.