With a record of 7-3, two things are clear about the Phillies so far in this 2019 season.
One is that they have the bats to carry them to the playoffs. They are still averaging 6.30 runs per game so far this season, good for fourth in the majors. Last season the top six teams in the majors in runs scored per game made the playoffs. So bats can indeed carry you to the postseason.
The other thing that is clear about this Phillies team is that the bullpen appears to be an issue. It certainly was on Tuesday night in the team’s 10-6 loss to the Washington Nationals, as they allowed five runs in the ninth-and-10th innings. Starter Aaron Nola certainly played a role in the loss, but the team has to have faith Nola will turn it around. The don’t have to have that same faith about the bullpen.
Chances are Matt Klentak won’t just sit by and watch his bullpen continue to be an issue, considering the money he spent this offseason to make sure his team goes to the postseason and how close the division race will likely be.
It is still early, but here is a look at some potential trade targets for the Phillies to help their bullpen: