Phillies: Most impactful deadline deals of the decade
With the Phillies looking to return to the World Series for the third straight year in 2010, adding a third starter to slot behind Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels was of paramount importance. The rotation took a major drop after those two with Kyle Kendrick, Joe Blanton, and Jaime Moyer rounding out the rotation.
Enter Oswalt, who was in the midst of a major bounceback year following an average 2009 season. In 20 starts for the Astros, Oswalt had a 3.42 ERA, 1.109 WHIP, and 3.53 strikeout-to-walk rato. His talents were largely wasted as he had a measly 6-12 record, but that quickly changed upon coming to Philadelphia.
In 13 games as a Phillie, Oswalt had a 1.74 ERA, 0.895 WHIP, and 3.48 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He had a 7-1 record as the team went 10-3 in games he appeared in. During the postseason he continued to pitch well with a 2.75 ERA in four games, including an eight-inning, one-run performance in Game Two of the NLDS.
As a member of the “Phour Aces” rotation in 2011, Oswalt still posted good numbers with a 3.69 ERA and 3.44 fielding-independent pitching in 23 games. Unfortunately, his last game as a Phillie was an unfortunate one as he allowed all five runs in a 5-3 loss to the Cardinals that forced a Game Five in the 2011 NLDS. We all know how that ended.
Looking back on the trade, Philadelphia got what they wanted out of Oswalt: another strong starter to add to their prolific rotation. Unfortunately, the addition just wasn’t enough to get the team back to the World Series.