HOUSTON -- There's nothing left to do but count down the magic numbers and fallen records. Nineteen games remain in this charmed season. For the Phillies to set a franchise record in victories, they must go only 8-11 to end the season.
|1||1977||Philadelphia Phillies||162||101||61||.623||1st of 6||Lost NLCS (3-1)|
|2||1976||Philadelphia Phillies||162||101||61||.623||1st of 6||Lost NLCS (3-0)|
|3||2010||Philadelphia Phillies||162||97||65||.599||1st of 5||Lost NLCS (4-2)|
|4||1993||Philadelphia Phillies||162||97||65||.599||1st of 7||Lost WS (4-2)|
|5||2011||Philadelphia Phillies||143||94||49||.657||1st of 5|
|6||1899||Philadelphia Phillies||154||94||58||.618||3rd of 12|
|7||2009||Philadelphia Phillies||162||93||69||.574||1st of 5||Lost WS (4-2)|
|8||2008||Philadelphia Phillies||162||92||70||.568||1st of 5||Won WS (4-1)|
|9||1964||Philadelphia Phillies||162||92||70||.568||2nd of 10|
|10||1980||Philadelphia Phillies||162||91||71||.562||1st of 6||Won WS (4-2)|
Currently, the Phillies are on pace to allow 526 runs. That would be the franchise's fewest during a full season in the Live Ball Era. (Obviously, the strike-shortened seasons of 1981 and 1994 don't count.)
|2011||Philadelphia Phillies||143||94||49||.657||1st of 5||653||464||29.3||21|
|1952||Philadelphia Phillies||154||87||67||.565||4th of 8||657||552||27.8||14|
|1976||Philadelphia Phillies||162||101||61||.623||1st of 6||770||557||29.8||11|
|1963||Philadelphia Phillies||162||87||75||.537||4th of 10||642||578||27.4||14|
|1967||Philadelphia Phillies||162||82||80||.506||5th of 10||612||581||30.6||17|
|1978||Philadelphia Phillies||162||90||72||.556||1st of 6||708||586||30.3||15|
|1954||Philadelphia Phillies||154||75||79||.487||4th of 8||659||614||28.7||12|
|1968||Philadelphia Phillies||162||76||86||.469||7th of 10||543||615||29.2||13|
|1950||Philadelphia Phillies||157||91||63||.591||1st of 8||722||624||26.3||15|
|1964||Philadelphia Phillies||162||92||70||.568||2nd of 10||693||632||26.9||18|
To go even further back, we'll use runs allowed per game because of the varying number of games in seasons. The leaderboard is astounding.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Phillies have not allowed fewer runs per game in a season since 1916. The ace of that staff was Pete Alexander, better known as Grover Cleveland Alexander. He went 33-12 with a 1.55 ERA in 48 games (38 complete games). Yeah.
The team's record for shutouts is within reach, too, but probably unrealistic.
A few other things: The Phillies have not led the National League in ERA since 1952. They currently have a 0.09 advantage on San Francisco.
Their current 3.03 ERA is the lowest for any team since the 1989 Dodgers, who had a 2.95 mark. They are also the last team with a sub-3.00 ERA.
One more, reminded by verve in the comments section: The Phillies currently have a 3.14 strikeout to walk ratio. That stands as the second greatest mark in baseball history. Only the 2006 Minnesota Twins posted a better K/BB ratio of 3.27. Just three teams have ever eclipsed 3.00 K/BB: 2006 Twins, 2002 Diamondbacks (3.10) and 1966 Dodgers (3.04).
Needless to say, the vaunted pitching staff has lived up to every single word of hype.
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