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Records within reach

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. Rk Year Tm G W ▾ L W-L% Finish Playoffs 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) Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table

Records within reach

Roy Halladay and the Phillies pitching staff are on pace to set multiple team records. (Morry Gash/AP)
Roy Halladay and the Phillies pitching staff are on pace to set multiple team records. (Morry Gash/AP)

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.

Rk Year Tm G W ▾ L W-L% Finish Playoffs
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.)

Year Tm G W L W-L% Finish R RA ▴ PitchAge #Pitch
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.

Rk Year W L RA/G ▴ ERA G IP H R ER
1 1908 83 71 2.87 2.10 155 1393.0 1167 445 325
2 1915 90 62 3.03 2.17 153 1374.1 1161 463 332
3 1916 91 62 3.18 2.36 154 1382.1 1238 489 362
4 1907 83 64 3.19 2.43 149 1299.1 1095 476 351
5 2011 94 49 3.24 3.03 143 1302.0 1157 464 438
6 1917 87 65 3.25 2.46 154 1389.0 1258 500 379
7 1909 74 79 3.37 2.44 154 1391.0 1190 519 377
8 1976 101 61 3.44 3.08 162 1459.0 1377 557 499
9 1963 87 75 3.57 3.09 162 1457.1 1262 578 500
10 1952 87 67 3.58 3.07 154 1386.2 1306 552 473

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.

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The team's record for shutouts is within reach, too, but probably unrealistic.

Rk Year W L G CG SHO ▾
1 1916 91 62 154 97 25
2 1908 83 71 155 116 22
3 1917 87 65 154 102 22
4 1907 83 64 149 110 21
5 1906 71 82 154 108 21
6 2010 97 65 162 14 21
7 1915 90 62 153 98 20
8 1911 79 73 153 90 20
9 1913 88 63 159 77 20
10 2011 94 49 143 17 20

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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