The Bill James Handbook 2011 released its projections for the upcoming season. Naturally these numbers can change should the Phillies sign themselves some offensive help, an improved bullpen or a new pitching coach but… based on historical statistics, ballpark characteristics and the players currently projected into the starting lineup, this is the consensus for our “Four Aces,” “Four Horsemen,” “Phour Loco,” “Fantastic Four,” “Five Guys Named Moe” or whatever we are calling the starting rotation:
Pitcher ERA Wins Losses Innings Walks Strikeouts
Roy Halladay 3.16 18 9 245 38 190
Roy Oswalt 3.38 16 9 221 52 176
Cole Hamels 3.45 15 9 219 58 209
Cliff Lee 3.50 14 10 216 49 169
Joe Blanton or Kyle Kendrick are the primary candidates for the fifth starter’s spot until another move is made.
Feel free to submit your own nicknames for the Phillies 2011 rotation. You can leave suggestions in COMMENTS below.
So what ARE we calling the Phillies 2011 Starting Rotation? FOUR ACES? FOUR HORSEMEN, PHOUR LOCO, FANTASTIC FOUR, MT. PHIMORE, FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, THREE MEN AND A BABY?, FAB FOUR? BIGGER THAN JESUS?, FOUR FOUR FOUR – HOW DO YOU LIKE ME, HOW DO YOU LIKE ME?…
You decide. Best nickname wins two tickets to Phillies game in 2011
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