Phillies: Five trade that won the 1993 NL Championship
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3 – Mitch Williams – closer (1993 stats: 43 saves, 3.34 ERA)
Although many remember Williams for giving up the World Series-clinching home run to Joe Carter, the Phillies don’t get to the series without Williams.
Williams had his best season in Philadelphia in 1991, winning 12 and saving 30 with an ERA of 2.34. Solid in 1992 posting 29 saves, although, with a relatively high 3.78 ERA, Williams again was the closer in 1993. A rock in the NLCS, Williams won two and saved two, pitching to a 1.69 ERA in four appearances.
Clearly pitching with a “dead arm” in the World Series, Williams struggled. Sadly, he was never the same pitcher afterward, pitching to an ERA of nearly eight in parts of three seasons from 1994 to 1997.