Because of the popularity and, quite frankly, the dominating aspect that comes with the Phillies’ rotation (minus Joe Blanton), I’ve decided to set up a tracker that will follow the Pheared Phour the entire season.
May the best ace win.
The Aces (In order of the rotation)
1. Roy Halladay: 2-0, 1.23 ERA, 22 SO, 1 CG
2. Cliff Lee: 2-1, 4.26 ERA, 26 SO, 1 CG
3. Roy Oswalt: 2-0, 2.25 ERA, 8 SO, 1.08 WHIP
4. Cole Hamels: 1-1, 5.59 ERA, 11 SO, 1.45 WHIP
Despite Cliff Lee’s incredible outing against the Nationals tonight, there is no question that Roy Halladay is the most deserving of being named the “Top Ace” on the staff up to this point. So far, Halladay has notched he team’s first of many complete games (Lee finished with his first complete game a day after Doc’s), and he has been the only pitcher, besides Oswalt, to not suffer a poor outing yet. Both Hamels and Lee have had outings in which they surrendered 5+ runs, whereas Halladay gave up his season-high in runs in his last outing — a measly two runs. The reigning Cy Young award winner doesn’t appear to be suffering any type of setback in his hopes of leading the Phils to the promise land.
With a perfect record of 2-0, Roy Oswalt has received the least publicity, but not to be overshadowed by his counterparts. Halladay and Lee have each had tossed a complete game and Hamels went seven innings of four-hit ball, compiling eight strikeouts in what ended up being a 3-0 victory. Oswalt has received plenty of run support (10 runs in his last outing and 7 in his debut), but has only surrendered three runs and ten hits in two starts. The man has quietly gone about his gone about business, yet has been just as impressive as Halladay, minus the flashiness.
The Joe Blanton Tracker:
Well, it hasn’t been a great start for Big Joe, but don’t let that get to you, he has notoriously struggled during the month of April. He currently boasts a 0-1 record with a not-so-Ace-like 10.45 ERA and 10 strikeouts. He’s pitched against the NL East’s cellar dwellers, surrendering 7 runs to the Mets and 5 runs to the Nationals. Come on Joe, it’s time to make a name for yourself.