Phillies: Top ten starting and relief pitchers of the 1980’s

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 25: Steve Carlton throws out the first pitch before the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Tampa Bay Rays during game three of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 25, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 25: Steve Carlton throws out the first pitch before the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Tampa Bay Rays during game three of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 25, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 20: The Phillie Phanatic launches Hatfield hotdogs into the stands between innings during a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park on June 20, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Diamondbacks won 3-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /

8 – Dick Ruthven (1973 – 1975, 1978 – 1983)

Ruthven was a key member in the starting rotation for the 1980 World Series championship team, finishing 17-10 with an ERA 3.55 in 223 innings. An All-Star for the first half performance in 1981, Ruthven’s ERA ballooned to 5.15, although he finished with a record of 12-7.  He also had a solid 11-win season in 1982, but makes this list mainly for his contribution to the 1980 team.

7 – Kevin Gross (1983 – 1988)

Gross won four games as a rookie on the 1983 NL Championship team.  He won 15 games with a 3.41 ERA and was an All-Star in 1988. A workhorse, Gross pitched in over 200 years in four consecutive seasons. He finished his time in Philadelphia with a 60-66 record and 3.87 ERA.

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