Phillies: Top ten starting and relief pitchers of the 1990’s

28 May 1998: Curt Schilling #38 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Phillies defeated the Cubs 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Stockman /Allsport
28 May 1998: Curt Schilling #38 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Phillies defeated the Cubs 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Stockman /Allsport /
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6 Mar 1998: Pitcher Ricky Bottalico of the Philadelphia Phillies in action during a spring training game against the New York Yankees at the Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida. The Phillies defeated the Yankees 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewa /

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4 – Ricky Bottalico (1994 – 1998, 2000 -2001)

Bottalico was a top set up man in 1995, going 5-3 with a 2.45 ERA. Moving to the closer’s role in 1996, Bottalico was stellar.

He saved 34 games in both 1996 and 1997, striking out 163 in 141 2/3 innings with an ERA of 3.43. While Bottalico struggled to a 6.44 ERA in 1998, he is high on this list due to three dominant seasons.

3 – Mitch Williams (1991 – 1993)

Many remember Williams for giving up the World Series ending home run in 1993, but the Phillies don’t reach the series without Williams. He saved 43 games that season and 102 for his brief Phillies career.  Williams has his best overall season in 1991, going 12-5 with a 2.34 ERA, allowing only 56 hits in 88 1/3 innings, finishing sixth in the Cy Young Award voting.

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