The Phillies have four starting pitchers (Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels) who could finish in the top 10 in the Cy Young Award voting in 2011 if they all stay healthy. It all starts with the defending N.L. Cy Young Award Winner, 33-year old righty Roy Halladay. He started 33 games for the Phillies last season and he was 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He led the majors in complete games (9), shutouts (4) and innings pitched (250 2/3) last season as he likes to finish what he starts. Halladay tossed a perfect game on May 29th, 2010 against the Marlins and he threw a no-hitter on October 6th, 2010 against the Reds in the N.L. Division Series! Halladay has now pitched in 346 games (320 starts) in his first 13 years in the show and he is 169-86 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.
32-year old lefty Cliff Lee decided to spurn the Yankees and Rangers over the winter and he signed up to return to the Phillies. Lee pitched in 28 games (all starts) for the Mariners & Rangers last season and he was 12-9 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He showed ungodly control last year as he only walked 18 batters in 212 1/3 innings. Lee pitched for the Phillies in 2009 when he started 12 games and was 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Lee has now pitched in 222 games (218 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 102-61 with a 3.85 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Lee is another workhorse who will help save the Phillies’ bullpen in 2011.
33-year old righty Roy Oswalt would be the ace on most teams but he will likely be slotted #3 for the Phillies in 2011. Oswalt pitched in 13 games (12 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. He pitched in 33 games (32 starts) overall for the Phillies & Astros last season and he was 13-13 with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Oswalt has now pitched in 316 games (303 starts) in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 150-83 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Look for Oswalt to have another big year in 2011.
27-year old lefty Cole Hamels really rebounded nicely after being a little off in 2009. Hamels started 33 games for the Phillies last season and he was 12-11 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He has now pitched in 149 games (all starts) in his first five years with the Phillies and he is 60-45 with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. This could be the year that Hamels makes a run at 20 wins for the Phillies.
30-year old righty Joe Blanton is probably going to be one of the very best #5 starters in all of baseball in 2011. Blanton pitched in 29 games (28 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 9-6 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. He has now pitched in 73 games (72 starts) in his first three years with the Phillies and he is 25-14 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Don’t be surprised to see Blanton approach 15 wins in 2011.
26-year old righty Kyle Kendrick will probably be the long man in the bullpen to start the 2011 season. But, if anyone gets hurt, he will likely get right back into the starting rotation. Kendrick pitched in 33 games (31 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 11-10 with a 4.73 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He has now pitched in 93 games (83 starts) in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 35-24 with a 4.69 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Don’t be surprised if some team with rotation problems call the Phillies in the next couple of weeks trying to deal for Kendrick.
23-year old righty Vance Worley comes into this season as the Phillies’ #11 prospect according to Baseball America. Worley pitched in 5 games (2 starts) for the Phillies in his first taste of the majors last year and he was 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. He also started 27 games in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 10-7 with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. The Phillies won’t likely call up Worley unless they have a need in the starting rotation.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE PHILLIES STARTING ROTATION IN 2011: A++++++++