Phillies Madness: Quarterfinals of the all-time Phillies bracket
2 Steve Carlton vs 7 Jimmy Rollins
This semifinal matchup puts the Phillies all-time wins leader against their all-time hits leader.
We’ve said pretty much all that’s needed to be said in our past two brackets about Steve Carlton. While he bristled with the media he was and remains one of the greatest left-handed pitchers in baseball history.
Among all Phillies pitchers in the 138 years of the franchise’s existence, Carlton remains the best.
Here’s how Carlton’s numbers in Philadelphia stack up against everyone else who has ever put on a Phillies uniform
- 241 wins – 1st all-time
- 3,031 strikeouts – 1st all-time
- 499 starts – 1st all-time
- 499 games – 2nd all-time among pitchers
- 64.6 WAR – 2nd all-time among pitchers
- 3,697.1 IP – 2nd all-time
- 39 shutouts – 2nd all-time
- 185 complete games – 3rd all-time
You can’t get much better than that. The only two pitchers who rank above Carlton in any of those categories are Robin Roberts and Grover Cleveland “Pete” Alexander.
Carlton won four Cy Youngs, a Gold Glove, and made seven All-Star teams as a member of the Phillies.
Then, you have Jimmy Rollins, the all-time hits leader in franchise history. An MVP in 2007, Rollins would win four Gold Gloves, three All-Star games, a Silver Slugger, and lead the league in triples four times.
Here’s where Rollins stands among the franchise greats
- 2,306 hits – 1st all-time
- 8,628 at-bats – 1st all-time
- 479 doubles – 1st all-time
- 2,090 games played – 2nd all-time
- 9,511 plate appearances – 2nd all-time
- 453 stolen bases – 2nd all-time
- 111 triples – 3rd all-time
- 47.6 WAR – 6th all-time for position players
- 887 RBI – 8th all-time
- 216 home runs – 9th all-time
You’re looking at the best of the best for the Phillies.