Here is a look at projections for 2011 for the Phillies Big Three, per ESPN.com:
Roy Halladay: 21-6, 2.40 ERA, 260 1/3 IP, 33 BB, 252 K, 1.03 WHIP
Cole Hamels: 18-8, 2.49 ERA, 230 IP, 43 BB, 221 K, 0.96 WHIP
Cliff Lee: 18-10, 2.66 ERA, 247 IP, 55 BB, 241 K, 1.07 WHIP
For the season, they are 2nd, 3rd, and 5th respectively in the National League in ERA and strikeouts, and 1st, 4th, and 7th respectively in WHIP. They are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively in strikeout/walk ratio, and in Average Game Score.
NONE of the Big Three are in the Top 35 in the National League in run support. In fact, Lee and Hamels have received the 7th and 9th WORST run support of 61 qualifiers in the National League. Halladay’s run support is 41st.
The Phillies have 3 9-game winners. The rest of the National League have 5 combined. In the National League, there are 5 qualifying starting pitchers with ERAs below 2.66 – the Phillies have 3, the Braves have the other 2 (Jurrjens and Hanson).
In the month of June, when the Big Three have started, the bullpen has thrown a COMBINED TOTAL of 19 2/3 innings.
In 15 starts.
During June, the Big Three has compiled the following line: 10-2, 115 1/3 IP, 76 H, 15 ER, 15 BB, 91 K, 1.17 ERA, 0.80 WHIP.
The Phillies are 12-3 when one of the Big Three starts (all three losses with Hamels pitching — he’s given up a total of 5 runs in the three losses). The Phils are 3-6 when anyone else starts.
Hey Ruben, lock up Cole so we don’t have to worry about our pitching for a long, long time. These guys are just fucking amazing.
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