Halladay-Oswalt-Hamels Could Be Historically Great

As mentioned in the Game Three recap, the Phillies barely used their bullpen to fend off the Cincinnati Reds, instead relying on baseball’s best starting rotation. Of the 27 innings, the starters pitched 23 of them, including two complete game shut-outs by Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels. It was the first time since 2001 that a team had two CG’s in one series.

2010 NLDS, Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds

The others:

2001 NLDS, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. St. Louis Cardinals

1997 NLCS, Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros

The 2001 Diamondbacks would go on to win the World Series in seven games over the New York Yankees while the 1997 Atlanta Braves advanced only to lose the NLCS to the Florida Marlins in six games.

As you can see, no team had the luxury of two complete game shut-outs as the Phillies did.

Only one team had two CG SHO’s in LCS history: the 1974 Oakland Athletics.

  • Game Two, Ken Holtzman: 9 IP, 0 R, 3 K, 2 BB, 78 game score
  • Game Three, Vida Blue: 9 IP, 0 R, 7 K, 0 BB, 90 game score

In World Series history, no team has had more than one CG SHO since the 1966 Baltimore Orioles had three against the Los Angeles Dodgers — Jim Palmer, Wally Bunker, and Dave McNally performed the honors with respective game scores of 82, 80, and 81.

Thanks, as always, to Sean Forman for his Play Index at Baseball Reference, which allows anyone to easily find such great information.