Sunday, December 26, 2010

Phillies fans New Year's wish is for another Series victory




Here’s hoping everyone is having a great holiday season. With all of the Christmas magic now drifting into thin air, it’s time to see what a lot of Phillies fans are hoping for in the upcoming season in 2011.

The addition of Cliff Lee just before the holidays was just what we needed to give us a special extra present that probably everyone thought was impossible. Everyone but Cliff Lee that is. With his return to Philadelphia, Lee has solidified the Phillies pitching rotation to near monumental status. A rotation that has never before been seen on the Phillies organization is going to make it’s debut in 2011.

What can we expect from this rotation? I think it’s a question of staying healthy for the whole season for Hamels, Halladay, Lee, and Oswalt. If this foursome can stay healthy we could see a historic, record breaking win total for the Phillies this season.



Phillies Top Winning seasons (since 1950) 85 or more wins:

Rk Year Tm Lg G W ▾ L Ties W-L% Finish Playoffs
1 1977 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 101 61 0 .623 1st of 6 Lost NLCS (3-1)
2 1976 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 101 61 0 .623 1st of 6 Lost NLCS (3-0)
3 2010 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 97 65 0 .599 1st of 5 Lost NLCS (4-2)
4 1993 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 97 65 0 .599 1st of 7 Lost WS (4-2)
6 2009 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 93 69 0 .574 1st of 5 Lost WS (4-2)
7 2008 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 92 70 0 .568 1st of 5 Won WS (4-1)
8 1964 Philadelphia Phillies NL 162 92 70 0 .568 2nd of 10
9 1980 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 91 71 0 .562 1st of 6 Won WS (4-2)
10 1950 Philadelphia Phillies NL 157 91 63 3 .591 1st of 8 Lost WS (4-0)
12 1983 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 163 90 72 1 .556 1st of 6 Lost WS (4-1)
13 1978 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 90 72 0 .556 1st of 6 Lost NLCS (3-1)
15 2007 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 89 73 0 .549 1st of 5 Lost LDS (3-0)
16 1982 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 89 73 0 .549 2nd of 6
17 2005 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 88 74 0 .543 2nd of 5
19 1966 Philadelphia Phillies NL 162 87 75 0 .537 4th of 10
20 1963 Philadelphia Phillies NL 162 87 75 0 .537 4th of 10
21 1952 Philadelphia Phillies NL 154 87 67 0 .565 4th of 8
24 2004 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 86 76 0 .531 2nd of 5
25 2003 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 86 76 0 .531 3rd of 5
26 2001 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 86 76 0 .531 2nd of 5
27 1986 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 161 86 75 0 .534 2nd of 6
28 1975 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 86 76 0 .531 2nd of 6
29 2006 Philadelphia Phillies NL East 162 85 77 0 .525 2nd of 5
30 1965 Philadelphia Phillies NL 162 85 76 1 .528 6th of 10
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/26/2010.


Looking at the chart, I think the Phillies have a legitimate chance to break the all-time wins in a regular season mark. This has been the life of the Phillies fan before the last couple of years, as you can see even when the Phillies have terrific seasons, they just couldn't follow it through to get to the World Series on some of the years that the team had its most win totals. We've been extremely lucky to see such great results with the Phillies as we have in the past few seasons. It may be the greatest moment in Phillies franchise history for this current stretch of time.


Let's look at the pitching records of the R2C2 Pitching rotations for the past three seasons:


Roy Halladay:


Year ▾ Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO IP Awards
2010 33 PHI NL 21 10 .677 2.44 33 9 4 250.2 AS,CYA-1,MVP-6
2009 32 TOR AL 17 10 .630 2.79 32 9 4 239.0 AS,CYA-5
2008 31 TOR AL 20 11 .645 2.78 33 9 2 246.0 AS,CYA-2
13 Seasons 169 86 .663 3.32 320 58 19 2297.1
162 Game Avg. 17 9 .663 3.32 33 6 2 235
TOR (12 yrs) 148 76 .661 3.43 287 49 15 2046.2
PHI (1 yr) 21 10 .677 2.44 33 9 4 250.2
AL (12 yrs) 148 76 .661 3.43 287 49 15 2046.2
NL (1 yr) 21 10 .677 2.44 33 9 4 250.2
Generated 12/26/2010.

Roy Oswalt:

Year ▾ Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO Awards
2010 32 PHI NL 7 1 .875 1.74 12 1 1
2010 32 HOU NL 6 12 .333 3.42 20 1 1
2010 32 TOT NL 13 13 .500 2.76 32 2 2 CYA-6
2009 31 HOU NL 8 6 .571 4.12 30 3 0
2008 30 HOU NL 17 10 .630 3.54 32 3 2
10 Seasons 150 83 .644 3.18 303 20 8
162 Game Avg. 16 9 .644 3.18 33 2 1
HOU (10 yrs) 143 82 .636 3.24 291 19 7
PHI (1 yr) 7 1 .875 1.74 12 1 1
Generated 12/26/2010.

Cole Hamels:



Year ▾ Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO IP
2010 PHI NL 12 11 .522 3.06 33 1 0 208.2
2009 PHI NL 10 11 .476 4.32 32 2 2 193.2
2008 PHI NL 14 10 .583 3.09 33 2 2 227.1
5 Seasons 60 45 .571 3.53 149 7 4 945.1
162 Game Avg. 14 10 .571 3.53 34 2 1 216
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/26/2010.

Cliff Lee:

Year ▾ Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA GS CG Awards
2010 TEX AL 4 6 .400 3.98 15 2
2010 SEA AL 8 3 .727 2.34 13 5
2010 TOT AL 12 9 .571 3.18 28 7 AS,CYA-7
2009 PHI NL 7 4 .636 3.39 12 3
2009 CLE AL 7 9 .438 3.14 22 3
2009 TOT MLB 14 13 .519 3.22 34 6
2008 CLE AL 22 3 .880 2.54 31 4 AS,CYA-1,MVP-12
9 Seasons 102 61 .626 3.85 218 20
162 Game Avg. 16 9 .626 3.85 34 3
CLE (8 yrs) 83 48 .634 4.01 178 10
PHI (1 yr) 7 4 .636 3.39 12 3
TEX (1 yr) 4 6 .400 3.98 15 2
SEA (1 yr) 8 3 .727 2.34 13 5
AL (9 yrs) 95 57 .625 3.88 206 17
NL (1 yr) 7 4 .636 3.39 12 3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/26/2010.

You have to agree that this is a formidable pitching rotation for the Phillies. The bats will have to wake up for the Phillies as well. The lack of run support for both Hamels and Halladay last year was amazing to say the least. It is something this is a complete blog post within itself. We'll be looking at this and much more all through the winter, as we wait for late February and early March for news out of Spring Training 2011.

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