So the Philadelphia Phillies have been pretty awesome this year. Already sitting on 94 wins, they are on pace to win an amazing 107 contests. But what makes this all the more amazing is that their offense has been thoroughly mediocre, sitting square in the middle of the pack in most categories.
All of which led me to wonder just how good the Phillies pitching staff has been. Sure, we all knew it was going to be awesome, coming into the season, but this awesome??? Even with Oswalt out for a while? I mean, damn, their *team* WHIP is 1.17.
So I decided to look at team ERA+ throughout history. Right now the Phillies are sitting on a team ERA+ of 129. Which is pretty amazing. I can’t find a comprehensive list, but digging up the numbers on my own, it seems like these are the top 5 team ERA+ outputs in history:
1. 2002 Atlanta Braves – 133
2. 1997 Atlanta Braves – 131
3. 1985 Toronto Blue Jays – 130
4. 1993 Atlanta Braves – 129
T6. 1998 Atlanta Braves, 2003 Los Angeles Dodgers – 128
So, with 20 games left in the season, the 2011 Phillies are tied for the 4th best team ERA+ of all time, and depending on how the perform down the final stretch, it seems like they have a shot at being right up there with the very best of all time.