Phillies Madness: Quarterfinals of the all-time Phillies bracket
6 Chase Utley vs 30 Roy Halladay
When you talk about two of the most beloved, hardest-working players in Phillies history, Chase Utley and Roy Halladay both come to mind. I don’t believe there was a hitter or pitcher who worked harder than these two did at their respective positions.
Utley has written himself into the Phillies record books a number of times and established himself as the greatest second baseman in team history. If he stayed healthy he would have won at least one MVP and he was robbed of multiple Gold Gloves as well. He still made six All-Star games and won four Silver Sluggers, but how he never won a Gold Glove boggles my mind.
Here’s a look at where Utley stands among all second basemen in Phillies history.
- 1,551 games – 1st all-time
- 1,623 hits – 1st all-time
- 346 doubles – 1st all-time
- 233 home runs – 1st all-time
- 916 RBI – 1st all-time
- 49 triples – 2nd all-time
Undoubtedly, Utley has surpassed Tony Taylor and Juan Samuel in the greatest second baseman conversation.
Halladay’s career numbers in Philadelphia won’t stack up with legends like Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts, and others. His time here was, unfortunately, too short.
Still, in that short amount of time he threw a perfect game, a postseason no-hitter, and won a Cy Young award. By the way, that was just in his first season with the Phillies.
Among Phillies starting pitchers since 2000 with at least 100 games, here is how Halladay stacks up
- 18 complete games – 1st
- 3.25 ERA – 2nd
- 122 ERA+ – 3rd
- 5 shutouts – 4th
- 622 strikeouts – 6th
- 55 wins – 6th
Had he stayed healthy, Halladay would likely be atop all of those categories and higher on any all-time list for Phillies pitchers.