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Philadelphia Phillies MLB News - Phillies Baseball Blog » Steve Carlton was a wicked good starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies

Steve Carlton was a wicked good starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 28 January 2010 at 1:43 pm

When lefty starting pitcher Steve Carlton was on the mound good things generally happened for the Philadelphia Phillies. Carlton pitched in 499 games (all starts) in his time with the Phillies and he was 241-161 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Carlton won four Cy Young Awards with the Phillies (1972, 1977, 1980 and 1982). His most amazing season with the Phillies without a doubt was 1972. He pitched in 41 games (all starts) for the Phillies that season and he was 27-10 with a 1.97 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. He threw an amazing 30 complete games in 1972, 8 of which were shutouts. He worked 346 1/3 innings for the Phillies in 1972 and he only allowed 257 hits while whiffing 310 batters. The most amazing thing about Carlton’s stats in 1972 was that his team was 59-97 that year! Carlton is all over the record books for the Phillies. He is #1 all-time in Phillies’ history in wins (241), games started (499) and #1 in strikeouts (3,031). Carlton is also #2 in games pitched (499), #2 in innings pitched (3,697 1/3), #3 in complete games (185) and #2 in shutouts (39) in Phillies’ history. Carlton was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.

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