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5 X 200 = ????

There was some talk yesterday about the Phillies fielding a rotation with the potential of having five guys finish the season with at least 200 innings.

5 X 200 = ????

Cole Hamels and the starting staff have combined for 21 seasons of 200 innings pitched. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Cole Hamels and the starting staff have combined for 21 seasons of 200 innings pitched. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

There was some talk yesterday about the Phillies fielding a rotation with the potential of having five guys finish the season with at least 200 innings.

Joe Blanton, the No. 5 starter, has reached 200 innings twice in his career, and has come within five innings in three other seasons.

Roy Halladay has done it in each of his last five seasons. Cliff Lee has done it in five of his last six seasons. Roy Oswalt has done it in six of his last seven. Cole Hamels has done it in two of his last three.

If all five guys stay healthy, 200 innings is a strong possibility for each.

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How rare would that be?

Only 20 teams in modern history (since 1901) have produced a season in which five players logged at least 200 innings. All but three of those seasons occured before 1930.

The exceptions:

1. 1980 Oakland Athletics (Matt Keough, Brian Kingman, Rick Langford, Steve McCatty, Mike Norris)

Record: 83-79
Finish: 2nd in AL West
Runs scored: 686
Runs allowed: 642

2. 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers (Burt Hooton, Tommy John, Doug Rau, Rick Rhoden, Don Sutton)

Record: 98-64
Finish: Lost World Series (4-2) to Yankees
Runs scored: 769
Runs allowed: 582

3. 1957 Detroit Tigers (Jim Bunning, Paul Foytack, Billy Hoeft, Frank Lary, Duke Maas)

Record: 78-76
Finish: 4th in American League
Runs scored: 614
Runs allowed: 614

While we are on the topic of history, here are the stingiest seasons in Phillies history:

Fewest runs allowed in a 162-game season, Phillies History

1. 557 (1976, 101-61)
2. 578 (1963, 87-75)
3. 581 (1967, 82-80)
4. 586 (1978, 90-72)
5. 615 (1968, 76-86)

Fewest runs allowed in a 162-game season since 1980, Phillies History

1. 635 (1983, 90-72)
2. 639 (1980, 91-71)
3. 640 (2010, 97-65)
4. 654 (1982, 89-73)
5. 673 (1985, 75-87)

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
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