Saturday, September 11, 2010

Halladay Notches Win 18 For Phils In New York

                                Philly phanatic visits NYC by Lord Mariser, on Flickr

The signing of Roy Halladay in the off season last year was one of the hottest topics of Phillies baseball in a while. Ruben Amaro traded off a very capable Cliff Lee, even after Lee turned in a superior performance in the few months that he was on the team. The Halladay era started this season, and now it appears that he is on the doorstep of doing something that the Phillies haven’t done since 1982. The Phillies haven’t had a 20 game winner on the pitching staff since Steve Carlton did it way back in the early 80’s.

Steve Carlton pitched 20 games or more winning seasons on 5 occasions for the Phillies. That feat will probably not be broken anytime soon. Here is a list of the most wins by a Phils pitcher in the last 5 seasons:
  • 2009 – 12 wins -(tie) Moyer, Happ, Blanton
  • 2008 – 16 wins – Moyer
  • 2007 – 15 wins – Hamels
  • 2006 – 12 wins – Myers
More importantly, the Phillies got a win in New York. They hadn’t done so well there early this season. The Phils got swept in New York on May 25, 26, and 27. The Phils redeemed themselves in August there taking 2 out of 3 from the Mets in New York. The simmering rivalry though has taken a back seat this season as the Mets aren’t contending for anything as we head towards the last few weeks of the regular season. It’s on to the rest of the series now as the Phillies look to remain in first place in the NL East.

Let's take a moment to remember this date in history, Sept. 11th. The day changed America just like the bombing of Pearl Harbor did many years before the events that took place on September 11th, 2001. Let's pray for peace and remember those who lost their lives on that sunny morning in the World Trade Center in New York City now 9 years ago.

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