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Good luck, rest of baseball: The Big Three could start 17 of 19 playoff games for Phillies

Sep 24, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

I’ve already written plenty about how dangerous the Phillies will be in the postseason, including the fact that finishing with the league’s best record would allow them to rely exclusively on the stud trio of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels in the first round, but David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News takes things a step further.
Murphy broke down the potential playoff schedules and found that, if the Phillies secure the NL’s top record and homefield advantage, they would be able to start The Big Three in 17 of 19 playoff games, all without using anyone on short rest.
If pushed to the limit in all three series, the Phillies would end up with six starts apiece from their No. 1 and No. 2 starters, five starts from their No. 3 starter, and just two starts from their No. 4 starter.
Halladay (2.53), Oswalt (2.80), and Hamels (2.93) all have an ERA under three, the Phillies have shut out the opponent in almost 30 percent of their combined starts, and in 74 total games with The Big Three on the mound Philadelphia is 49-25 (.662), including 29-8 (.783) in the second half.
Good luck, rest of baseball. Don’t forget to pack a lunch.

  1. Chicago Doug - Sep 24, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    When does Cliff Lee get to start? Oh yeah…..

  2. Jonny5 - Sep 24, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    It’s just plain Philthy!

  3. Josh in DC - Sep 24, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    I wonder how they’ll hold up against a Major League team, though, once they reach the World Series.

  4. The Steve Jeltz Experiment - Sep 24, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    They’re all big league teams, man. Yes, the NL is inferior to the AL and all of that, but the Phillies managed to push the Yankees to six games last year with only three decent starts in six games. I doubt H2O shuts down AL teams quite as easily as they do NL teams, but in a seven game series, you’d still need to beat these guys at least three times, and that is tough. Best bet any team has against them is if their own pitching can keep the Phils bats in check long enough to get H2O out of there, so they can attack the middle relief.

  5. Footballz - Sep 24, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    They are amazing but I think the Twin’s pitching staff overall is better. Would be an amazing World Series if it was Twins/Phillies though.

  6. mike wants wins - Sep 24, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Ridiculous. I’m a Twins’ fan, and I can say with 100% certainty that heading into the post season I’d rather have the Phillies top three than the Twins’ 6 starters. The bullpen just won’t matter that much, if you have Halliday, Oswalt, and Hamels.

  7. Adenzeno - Sep 24, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Imagine those three in Minn pitching in the snow!!

  8. Footballz - Sep 24, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    The twins starters have a near 3 ERA as well with their 3 starters. If you can shut down the Phillies offense then it very much might come down to the bullpen. To say it won’t matter much seems a little off. I am not denying that the Phillies starters are scary good. We will see what happens though

  9. avg joe - Sep 25, 2010 at 1:42 AM

    The tWINs top 3 (outside Liriano) are definitely underrated and relatively unknown compared to the Phillies’ top 3 slingers. Underrated or not, I would still rather have Halliday, Oswalt, and Hamels.
    Hopefully we get the opportunity to see them play in the WS.

  10. delgriffth - Sep 25, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    19-3 in september

  11. Dustin84v - Sep 26, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Jonny5. buy some midol, kotex, and massengill for your weekend man menses.

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