Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Roy Halladay, Steve Carlton and Robin Roberts


Last night, Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay (20-10) became the first pitcher in the National League to win 20 games this season.

Halladay, the odds-on-favorite to win the Cy Young Award, became the first Phillies pitcher to accomplish the feat in 28 years. The last Phillies starter to win 20 games was the great Hall of Famer Steve "Lefty" Carlton in 1982. That year Lefty went, 23-11, and won his then-record 4th Cy Young Award.

Halladay also became the first Phillies right-hander to win 20 games since Hall of Famer Robin Roberts did it in 1955. That year Roberts went 23-14.

Here's a look at the Phillies 20-game winners since 1950:

  1. Robin Roberts - 28 - 1952
  2. Steve Carlton - 27 - 1972
  3. Steve Carlton - 24 - 1980
  4. Steve Carlton - 23 - 1977
  5. Steve Carlton - 23 - 1982
  6. Robin Roberts - 23 - 1953
  7. Robin Roberts - 23 - 1954
  8. Robin Roberts - 23 - 1955
  9. Robin Roberts - 21 - 1951
  10. Steve Carlton - 20 - 1976
  11. Chris Short - 20 - 1966
  12. Robin Roberts - 20 - 1950
  13. Roy Halladay - 20 - 2010

As we can see, with the exception of Chris Short in 1966, Carlton and Roberts have owned the Phillies 20-win list in the last 60 years.

And now we can add Halladay to the list.

With the Phillies (91-61) pile driving their way into first place and at the brink of a 4th consecutive NL East title-- I'm sure there are bigger things up ahead for Halladay and the Phils.

No doubt!

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