(Ham)els with cheese on Roy Bread
There are 19 pitching duo’s in the history of major league baseball finished a season north of 200 strikeouts and south of a 3.00 earned run average. The last tandem to accomplish this feat were the co-MVP’s of the world series winning Arizona Diamondbacks, Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson.
Fast forward almost a decade later to the 2010 Philadelphia Phillies who currently have three players with a sub-3.00 earned run average and two players that can throw cheese (notice the tie-in with the title) and have 200 or more strikeouts. If the season were to end today Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay would become the 20th tandem to accomplish >200/<3.00, and only the second since 1977.
Halladay sits with 210 strikeouts and a 2.49era. Hamels sits with 207 strikeouts and a 2.93 earned run average. The wild card here is Roy Oswalt who sits with a 2.90 era and 181 strikeouts with 3 starts remaining.
In his 7 starts with the Phillies Oswalt is averaging just over six and a half strikeouts per game, just enough to ensure that the Phillies become the first team with a trio of starting pitchers to finish a season north of 200 strikeouts and south of a 3.00 earned run average.