The Phillies’ goal was to win the World Series in 2011, and they fell short. They still won the N.L. East by 13 games over the Braves as they had the best regular season record in the majors in 2011 with a 102-60 mark. Here is a look at what stood out in my mind about the Phillies in 2011:
TEAM MVP: 31-year old righty Ryan Madson stepped up and filled the role of closer the whole year. He pitched in 62 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 4-2 with 32 saves, a 2.37 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. The Phillies played a lot of close games in 2011 and Madson made them stand up.
BEST PITCHER: This is a three way tie between 34-year old righty Roy Halladay (19-6, 2.35 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP), 33-year old lefty Cliff Lee (17-8, a 2.40 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP) and 27-year old lefty Cole Hamels (14-9 with a 2.79 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP) lived up to the hype for the Phillies.
PLEASANT SURPRISE: 26-year old lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo was excellent until September for the Phillies. He pitched in 64 games (0 starts) for the Phillies in 2011 and he was 6-1 with 8 saves, a 2.64 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. He only gave up 28 hits while whiffing 70 batters in only 58 innings this year!
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: 32-year old lefty swinging 2B Chase Utley just couldn’t stay healthy in 2011. He played in 103 games for the Phillies in 2011 and he was 103 for 398 (.259 avg, .769 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 11 homers, 44 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.