Roy Oswalt set to retire from baseball
Former Astros and Phillies ace Roy Oswalt has decided to hang up his cleats, the 36-year-old righty told reporters Tuesday.
The 13-year MLB vet struggled with back issues, after a brilliant career in which he made three All-Star appearances and received Cy Young votes six times.
Here are some of highlights during his time with the Phillies:
+ Joining the team in late July, he went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA as a Phillie, and even played left field once. His WHIP of 1.125 (with the Phillies) led the National League.
+ Oswalt helped motor the Phillies into the playoffs and straight through the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS.
+ In the doomed NLCS against the Giants, Oswalt ran through a stop sign at third base and scored a clutch run.
+ In that NLCS, Oswalt went 1-1 in 3 appearances and 14.2 innings pitched. His 1.84 ERA in that series will forever be overshadowed by the fact that he allowed the winning run to score in a rare relief appearance in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 4.
+ As a part of the 2011 Phillies rotation, Oswalt, along with Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels, dominated the NL. Oswalt's year was marred by injury and personal issues, but he still managed to be a part of the action for 139 innings, logging a 9-10 record with a 3.69 ERA.
+ In Game 4 of the 2011 NLDS against the Cardinals, Oswalt threw six innings, giving up five earned runs in the loss. This would be his final postseason appearance.
In 221.2 innings as a Phillie, Oswalt maintained a 2.96 ERA with 166 strikeouts and 54 walks. He finishes his career, after post-Philadelphia stops in Texas and Colorado, with a 162-102 record, a 3.36 ERA and 1852 strikeouts. He threw 20 complete games and eight shutouts.