20 For Doc
Doc did it. First 20-game winner since Steve Carlton in 1982 and the first right-hander for the Phillies since Robin Roberts in 1955. If Robin were still with us, he would be calling Halladay today to congratulate him.
In Phillies history, Doc is the 27th different pitcher to win 20 games. It is the third time Doc has done that in his career.
He certainly has feasted on the east, going 13-1 in this division. Last pitcher to do that was the Pirates’ Jim Bibby in 1980.
Elias Sports Bureau: Halladay won 20 games in his first year with the Phillies. In the last 63 years, the only other pitchers to win 20 or more games in their 1st season in the N.L. were Al Downing with the Dodgers in 1971 (20 wins) and Danny Jackson for the Reds in 1988 (23 wins).
The offense was led by Jayson’s 3-run homer. In another interesting note from Elias: The Phillies knocked out Atlanta starter Mike Minor the 3rd inning last night. It was the 7th straight Phillies game in which the opposition’s starting pitcher failed to last 5 innings, tying the major-league for record consecutive early KOs of starters set by the New York Giants in July 1949 and matched by the Phillies in September 2006.
The ninth straight win boosted the Phillies September record to 17-3, the fourth straight season in which the Phillies have won that many games this month. They’ll top that or we will be in big do-do.
Roy-O, riding a 7-game winning streak, is on the mound tonight as the Phillies attempt a sweep. Strangely, he is 0-3 with a 7.58 ERA lifetime against the Braves.
Bobby Cox will be taking the Braves’ lineup card to home plate tonight in his final regular season game in Philadelphia.
He’s retiring at the end of this baseball season after managing for 29 years in the majors, the last 25 with the Braves. Only Connie Mack, John McGraw and Tony LaRussa have won more games as managers which means his next stop will be the Baseball Hall of Fame.
When Bobby goes to home plate, the Phillies will recognize his brilliant career and present a gift to him. He’s been a terrific credit to the game.