Friday, June 17, 2011

Fantastic Four Update

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At the 70-game mark the Philadelphia Phillies are right where most people expected them to be. They have the best record in the major leagues at 44-26 and are currently enjoying a 7-game winning streak. Yes, at times, their offense has been a little suspect but when you have the best pitching staff on the planet chances are you can get away with lesser than great offense.

Case in point came last night when the Phillies completed a 4-game sweep of the reeling Florida Marlins with a 3-0 victory behind a masterful 2-hit complete-game shutout by the Human Torch Cliff Lee. When you have those kinds of horses on your pitching staff, more often than not, 3 runs may be all you need to get over the hump until your offense starts finding itself.

Here are the numbers for the Phillies Fantastic Four at the 70-game mark--

1. Mr. Fantastic Roy Halladay: 9-3, 4 CG, 114 K, 2.56 ERA, 1.04 WHIP
2. The Human Torch Cliff Lee: 7-5, 2 CG, 2 SHO, 111 K, 3.12 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
3. Invisible Dude Cole Hamels: 9-2, 1 CG, 97 K, 2.49 ERA, 0.92 WHIP
4. The Thing Roy Oswalt: 4-4, 38 K, 3.14 ERA, 1.27 WHIP

The Phillies bullpen has also been masterful. New closer Ryan Madson has 15 SAVES to only 1 BLOWN SAVE and as a whole the Phillies bullpen has a major league-low 2 BLOWN SAVES.

The pitching staff as a whole is No. 1 in the majors with a 44-26 record, No. 1 in CG (7), No. 1 in SHO (9), No. 1 in fewest runs allowed (231), No. 1 in fewest earned runs allowed (218), No. 1 in fewest walks allowed (181), No. 1 in team ERA (3.05) and No. 2 in team WHIP (1.19).

With 92 games left and a 5.5 game lead in the NL East, the Phillies are well on their way to a 5th consecutive division title and probably much more. Something tells me these guys are still going to be alive and kickin' come Halloween.

By the way, this is coming from a disgruntled Mets fan who understands reality. Like it or not, the NL East is Philly's world and we're just living in it.

For a great post on the Phillies Fab Four follow this link,


  1. This phoursome is amazing! With the innings pitched it has defintely help the bullpen. As an Indians fan I like the fact Cliff is doing well and if he is not on the Cleveland roster that he went to the national league.
    The team as a whole is World Series bound!!

  2. I agree Ronn. And great post and catchy name on the Phillies Phantastic Phoursome. I added a link so that others can check it out too.