Phils 2011: Hype Machine In Full Swing
The Phillies have assembled _ on paper _ a starting rotation that’s being compared to some of the all-time best in the majors. Halladay, Lee, Oswalt and Hamels would be the No. 1 guy on most staffs. Blanton is probably the best fifth starter around.
After pitchers and catchers held their first workout of spring training on Monday, the Fab Five took the stage for a joint news conference. Lee put all the hype into perspective.
“I think we haven’t thrown a single pitch as a group yet, so it’s kind of early to say we’re one of the best rotations in the history of the game,” Lee said. “Obviously, we’re a very talented group, and there is potential for all of that. But it’s just that, it’s potential.”
Only two clubs have ever had four 20-game winners in a season. The Baltimore Orioles had Dave McNally (21), Mike Cuellar (20), Pat Dobson (20) and Jim Palmer (20) in 1971. The Chicago White Sox had Red Faber (23), Lefty Williams (22), Eddie Cicotte (21) and Dickey Kerr (21) in 1920.