Ranking the Top 5 greatest starting pitchers in Phillies franchise history

Many great starting pitchers have played for Philadelphia since the franchise's inaugural season in 1883. Which starters are among the elite throughout Phillies history?

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No. 2: Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts played for the Phillies from 1948 to 1961. The native of Springfield, Illinois, was a teammate of Simmons during the illustrious "Whiz Kids" club of 1950 and for several more years following. From 1950 to 1955, Roberts won 20 or more games in six consecutive seasons.

Roberts was tremendous in terms of the 272 complete games he pitched with Philadelphia during the prime of his career, including a 28 consecutive games streak. He had a winning record in several seasons in which the Phillies team struggled.

From 1954 to 1961, Philly finished with a .500 record or worse. There were some years when Roberts' numbers were affected by the franchise's either average or poor win-loss record. Most notably, he finished with a 10-22 record in 1957 when the Phillies finished 77-77. He went 1-10 in 26 contests in which the team had an awful record of 47-107 during 1961.

The right-hander was a seven-time All-Star with the Phillies and leads all pitchers with 529 appearances, 3,739 1/3 innings, and in complete games. He is second with 231 wins and 1,871 strikeouts, and third in franchise history with 35 shutouts. His career-high was six shutouts in 1951, while he finished with five in the 1950 and 1953 seasons.

Roberts became a Hall of Famer in 1976 and had his number retired by the Phillies in 1962. He was the first player to join the club's Wall of Fame in 1978. At Citizens Bank Park, a statue of the pitcher is located outside of the first base gate.