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2 Roys Are Better Than 1

Posted By Adrian Fedkiw On Jul 30 2010 @ 3:19 am In Philadelphia Phillies | 4 Comments

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.

(Roy Oswalt)

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

  1. San Francisco Giants- Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez
  2. Philadelphia Phillies- Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels
  3. St. Louis Cardinals- Wainright, Carpenter, Garcia
  4. New York Yankees- Sabathia, Burnett, Pettite
  5. Tampa Bay Rays- Price, Garza, Shields
  6. Boston Red Sox- Lester, Lackey, Beckett
  7. Florida Marlins- Johnson, Nolasco, Sanchez
  8. Atlanta Braves- Hudson, Hanson, Jurrjens
  9. San Diego Padres- Latos, Garland, Richard
  10. Los Angeles Angels- Haren, Weaver, Santana 

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