Two of the greatest starters in modern Phillies history
34 – Roy Halladay (2010)
Halladay had established himself as one of the top starting pitchers in the Major Leagues with six All-Star appearances and a Cy Young Award by the time the Phillies traded for him on December 16, 2009. His first season with the Phillies proved to be one for the record books.
In his first four starts in a Phillies uniform, Halladay won all four with two complete games, a shutout, and a slim ERA of 0.82. After his first loss of the season, Halladay bounced back with a three-hit shutout over the Mets on May 1.
Although he would win only three of his next eight starts, one was a perfect gem against the Marlins on May 29. Halladay retired all 27 Marlins he faced, doing so in 115 pitches with 11 strikeouts. The perfect game was the 18th in the World Series era (since 1903).
From July 18 until the end of the regular season, Halladay posted an 11-2 mark, finishing the season with a 21-10 record, nine complete games, four shutouts, 250 2/3 innings and 219 strikeouts. To top it off, he hurled a no-hitter in the postseason against the Reds.
Halladay nearly won back-to-back Cy Young Awards, finishing second in 2011 after going 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA. He struggled over the final two seasons with the Phillies and retired in 2013 with 203 wins and 2117 strikeouts.
35 – Cole Hamels (2008)
Hamels had three All-Star appearances in nearly ten seasons with the Phillies. Although he had seasons with higher win totals, lower ERA and more strikeouts than 2008, his overall contributions in the regular and postseason make that the best season in a Phillies uniform.
In just his third season, the 24-year old Hamels logged 227 1/3 innings, won 14 games, recorded two shutouts, struck out 196, and had an ERA of 3.09 Clearly very good numbers, although not spectacular, Hamels raised his game to the next level in the playoffs.
He struck out nine in eight shutout innings in the NLDS against the Brewers. Against the Dodgers in the NLCS, Hamels won both starts with a 1.93 ERA, striking out 13 in 14 innings. In the World Series, Hamels went 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA. All told, Hamels allowed just seven earned runs over 35 postseason innings, winning MVP honors in both the NLCS and World Series.
Hamels pitched with the Phillies through the majority of the 2015 season before being traded to the Rangers. He has since pitched for the Cubs and is now with the Atlanta Braves. Hamels entered 2020 with 163 and 2,558 strikeouts.