This page provides a complete listing of our report cards for all Phillies starters.
We finally finished giving out the Phils Baseball reports cards to the offense and now we turn our attention to the pitchers. The first man on our list needs no introduction: it is Roy Halladay.
Roy Halladay was pretty easy to grade. Halladay finished first in all of baseball in wins (21 - tied with Sabathia), innings (250.2), complete games (9), and shutouts (4). He also was fifth in the majors in ERA. And, oh yeah, he received his second Cy Young award.
Added to that was a perfect game and the second no-hitter in postseason history.
As good as 21 wins sounds, if Halladay had even adequate run support he could have easily had 3 or 4 more wins. The Phillies scored 2 runs or less in 11 of his 33 starts, a full third of the games he pitched. In those games Halladay had a 1.74 ERA. The Phils scored 1 run or less in 8 of his games and no runs at all in 3 of them.
Overall Grade: A+
Roy Halladay was the best pitcher in baseball in 2010, evidenced by his Cy Young award. Halladay kept the team in almost all of his games and finished what he started many times. When Ruben Amaro brought Roy Halladay to the Phillies, he essentially told us that Halladay was a full step above Cliff Lee. I found it hard to believe at first, but Doc proved he was the best of the best.
You can view all of Roy Halladay's career stats here.
Cole Hamels had his best year as a professional in 2010 and it is such a shame that nobody noticed. His struggles in 2009 were very well documented. After his amazing postseason run in 2008, Hamels arrived the next season unprepared and not in pitching shape. He also lost his composure on numerous occasions when things did not go his way. In just one year, fans were prepared to crucify Hamels for one bad season.
What did Cole Hamels decide to do? He worked out more intensely over the winter and developed a cutter. As he continued to refine his cutter, he pitched poorly in April and had a 5.28 ERA. Fans were all over Cole, but he didn't say a word and kept working. When he started to dominate, he didn't shove it in our faces. And when the team wasn't scoring runs for him he never complained and maintained his composure all year.
As well as Hamels pitched in 2008, he was equally as good in 2010. He finished with his best season ERA (3.09) and most strikeouts (211). He also threw over 200 innings for the second time in his career (208.2).
Hamels only finished with a 12-11 record, but that is a remarkable number since the Phillies scored 2 runs or less for him in 11 out of his 33 games (exactly one third of his starts). In the 15 games in which Hamels gave up between 2 and 4 runs, he only had 4 wins.
Overall Grade: A
What Hamels did to turn around a terrible 2009 season was extremely impressive.. He quietly became the ace-type pitcher he was in the past. Without his improvements over the year before, the Phillies probably would not have made the playoffs.
You can view all of Cole Hamel's career stats here.
2010 was not a good year for big Joe Blanton. He started out the season by missing his first 5 games due to injury. When he returned, Blanton carried a 5.86 ERA through July. He turned it around a bit, posting a 3.23 ERA in the last two months.
His late surge wasn't enough to salvage a season gone bad. Most of his numbers are not too far off his career averages, but he gave up more runs. It's not like we expected too much from Blanton, but he certainly had a disspointing season.
Overall Grade: C
The Phillies signed Blanton to a three-year, $24 million deal as a supposed number three starter, but he pitched more like a 4 or a 5. In a normal season Joe Blanton will have an ERA close to 4.00, so 4.82 isn't far off the pace if you consider it in those terms.
You can view all of Joe Blanton's career stats here.
Ed Wade gave the Phillies fans a nice present when he gave us Roy Oswalt and ate $11 million dollars of Oswalt's salary. And what a pleasant surprise he was!
After his losing his very first game with the Phils, Oswalt did not lose a single game. He finished with a 7-1 record and a 1.74 ERA in his 13 games with the Phillies. Oswalt pitched so well that he was actually the best pitcher down the stretch while Halladay was getting tired.
Oswalt was so effective because he kept runners off base. He led the team with a WHIP of .895 thanks to a only 2.3 walks per nine innings and an obscene 5.8 hits per nine.
Overall Grade: A+
Let's face it, at the time we got Oswalt we knew he was just a consolation prize for losing Cliff Lee over the offseason. But Oswalt was anything but a second rate pitcher. Oswalt gave us everything he had and was a crucial factor in overcoming the Atlanta Braves.
You can view all of Roy Oswalt's career stats here.
Kyle Kendrick did the best he could with what he had. That is the best way I can describe Kendrick's season.
After barely sniffing the majors the previous year, Kendrick was well aware that he could only come back to the Phillies if he developed another pitch. He worked on a cutter all through the 2009 season and in the 2010 offseason. He also arrived to spring training in good shape. Following Halladay's example, Kendrick followed Halladay around, developed his work routine, and even beat Doc to the facility some mornings.
Having said that, Kendrick wasn't able to get everything to go on all cylinders. He was also extremely streaky. Kendrick allowed 1 run or less in 12 of his 31 starts, but gave up 5 runs or more in 10 of his starts.
Kendrick's biggest problem was that he gave up over a hit per inning (9.9 per nine innings) and wasn't able to get a strikeout when he needed it (only 4.2 strikeouts per game). He had great movement most days, but he seemed to have difficutly controlling his movement and pitches would run right over the plate. That led to some big innings.
Overall Grade: C
An ERA below 5 is not too bad for a fifth starter, and Kendrick earned the right to compete again for a job in 2011. Kendrick showed many shines of flash in 2010, and he could become a decent pitcher if he can learn how to become more consistent.
You can view all of Kyle Kendrick's career stats here.
If this was Moyer's last season with the Phillies, he gave us some great memories on his way out.
I've always said that Moyer was successful if he can keep his ERA below 5.00, and Moyer did that for the second straight season. Moyer finished at 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA.
After struggling in his first few starts, Jamie caught fire and by June 5th, Moyer was a real consideration for making the all-star team with a 3.98 ERA. A little under a month earlier, Moyer became the oldest pitcher to pitch a complete game shutout when he blanked the Atlanta Braves. Moyer through another complete game on June 5th, this time allowing two runs.
Moyer came back to earth a little when he gave up 9 runs in 1 inning the following game, but he still pitched consistently beyond that point.
Moyer's season ended in July when he was injured in a game against the Cardinals, but he still had a decent year.
Overall Grade: C
Jamie Moyer continues to amaze fans and bewilder batters. Just when you think he's finished, Moyer comes back fighting. This was probably his last season with the Phils, but it was a fun ride.
You can view all of Jamie Moyer's career stats here.