Phillies best pitchers in franchise history from A to Z
K: Jim Konstanty (1948 – 1954)
Konstanty was a key member of the 1950 “Whiz Kids”, making his only All-Star appearance and claiming MVP honors. He won 16 games, led the league in games, games finished and saves. While Konstanty never approached that level of success again in the Major Leagues, he won 14 games in 1953 and had two other season’s with an ERA under 4. He finished his career in Philadelphia with 51 wins, 54 saves and an ERA of 3.64.
L: Cliff Lee (2009, 2011 – 2014)
Lee was an All-Star three times with the Phillies and twice had an ERA under three for the season. A strikeout pitcher, Lee fanned over 200 three consecutive seasons (2011 – 2013). His finest season with the Phillies was in 2011, winning 17 with an ERA of 2.40. Much like Roy Halladay, Lee had injury problems his final season, pitching in just 13 games in 2014 with an ERA of 3.65.
M: Tug McGraw (1975 – 1984)
McGraw as an All-Star in his first season with the Phillies and had three consecutive seasons with an ERA under three. In 1980, he had his best season with the Phillies, saving 20 with a slim ERA of 1.46 McGraw struck out Willie Wilson to end the 1980 World Series, ending the nearly 100-year drought. McGraw won 49 games and saved 94 with a 3.10 ERA in ten seasons with the Phillies.
N: Kid Nichols (1905 – 1906)
At the very end of a Hall of Fame career, Nichols appeared in 21 games with the Phillies. He went 10-6 with a 2.27 ERA in 17 starts in 1905. Nichols won 361 games over 15 seasons with an ERA of 2.96.