Tuesday, September 21, 2010

20 Game Winner For Phillies? Why Did It Take So Long

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay throws to the New York Mets during the second inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 1, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
 

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay throws to the New York Mets during the second inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 1, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)














Roy Halladay is flirting with something that's last been done in a Phillies uniform in 1982. The elusive 20-game winner by a Phillies pitcher is about to be broken this year with Roy Halladay, who as this article is written, is on the doorstep of accomplishing this feat in 2010.

The last Phil's pitcher to win 20 or more games was Steve Carlton, who won the Cy Young Award with the Phillies in 1982, he posted a 23-11 record. Carlton was the only 20 game winner in baseball that year, and it propelled him to his 4th Cy Young Award, something that no one had accomplished up to that point. Carlton is arguably one of the best pitchers ever. His Phillies career lasted from 1972-1986, Carlton then stayed another two years in baseball to the age of 43. His overall record as a Phillies pitcher is 241-161, amassing over 3000 strikeouts as a Phillies pitcher alone.

Halladay has one Cy Young Award to his credit, awarded in 2003. In that year he was also named as Pitcher of The Year by Sporting News, and ranked as the best player in baseball by the Elias Sports Bureau. He has won 20 games or more twice as a Toronto Blue Jay. In 2003, Halladay won 22 games and in 2008, he won 20 for the Blue Jays.

Over it's long history as a team, the Phillies have quite a long list of 20 game winners, most winners who have won 20 or more occurred a long time ago. The first 20 game winner for the Phillies team was in 1901 when Red Donahue turned in a 21-13 record. Grover Alexander won an incredible 33 games for the Phils back in 1916, it's a record that will most likely never be broken. In the modern era since 1970, the Phillies pitcher with the most wins in a season is Steve Carlton with 27 wins in 1972, he went 27-10.

Here's a list of 20 Game Winners for the Phillies:

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Year Pitcher W-L
190l Red Donahue 21-13
1901 Al Orth 20-12
1905 Togie Pittinger 23-14
1907 Tully Sparks 22- 8
1908 George McQuillan 23-17
1910 Earl Moore 22-15
1911 Grover Alexander 28-13
1913 Grover Alexander 22- 8
1913 Tom Seaton 27-12
1914 Grover Alexander 27-15
1914 Erskine Mayer 21-19
1915 Grover Alexander 31-10
1915 Erskine Mayer 21-15
1916 Grover Alexander 33-12
1916 Eppa Rixey 22-10
1917 Grover Alexander 30-13
1950 Robin Roberts 20-11
1951 Robin Roberts 21-15
1952 Robin Roberts 28- 7
1953 Robin Roberts 23-16
1954 Robin Roberts 23-15
1955 Robin Roberts 23-14
1966 Chris Short 20-10
1972 Steve Carlton 27-10
1976 Steve Carlton 20- 7
1977 Steve Carlton 23-10
1980 Steve Carlton 24- 9
1982 Steve Carlton 23-11









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