Roy Oswalt is now a Philadelphia Phillie. So, what now? Well, the Phils just solidified themselves a fantastic top of the rotation guy for a potential run, and a 2nd World Series title in the last 3 years. Who cares what his regular season numbers are this year (6-12, 3.24 ERA), all that matters is the postseason. In 8 games pitched in October, Oswalt is 4-0 with a 3.66 ERA, not too shabby. Of course, his appearances came in 2004 and 2005.
I went back and looked at some tape. His tilt on his out-pitch, the curveball, is just as devastating, and his fastball has the same velocity. There are some murmurs between the grapevine on Oswalt’s recent struggles. His statistics in the last 2 starts aren’t great. He’s pitched just a total of 9 innings, accumulating a 8.00 ERA. There’s 3 possible answers to his recent failures, his back, age, or he knew he was getting traded. I think the answer is, he just didn’t want to be in Houston anymore. He will be completely re-jolted joining a potential playoff squad.
As for the deal itself, in my opinion, the Phillies stole Oswalt. In case you just woke up from under a rock, the Phillies acquired Oswalt for J.A. Happ, Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar. Not only did Houston chip in $11 million of Oswalt’s salary, the Phillies didn’t depart with any of their elite blue-chippers. These blue-chippers include Domonic Brown, Tyson Gillies, Jonathan Singleton and Trevor May. Gose is a top 5 prospect, but he’s not a guy that I mind up giving.
So, for any of you that think I’m going to bring up Cliff Lee now, I won’t. Yes, the Phillies made a mistake by trading him, but the past is the past.
So, with Oswalt in the rotation, does this make the Phillies the best top of the rotation in baseball. I decided to make a top 10 list. Basically, in a 5-game or 7-game series, these are rotations you do not want to see in the playoffs. Here’s the list…………
TOP 10 Staffs
San Francisco Giants- Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez
Philadelphia Phillies- Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels
St. Louis Cardinals- Wainright, Carpenter, Garcia
New York Yankees- Sabathia, Burnett, Pettite
Tampa Bay Rays- Price, Garza, Shields
Boston Red Sox- Lester, Lackey, Beckett
Florida Marlins- Johnson, Nolasco, Sanchez
Atlanta Braves- Hudson, Hanson, Jurrjens
San Diego Padres- Latos, Garland, Richard
Los Angeles Angels- Haren, Weaver, Santana
About the Author
Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!