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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Roy Oswalt makes Phillies team to beat


OswaltThe Philadelphia Phillies completed a 3-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, doubling their lead in the NL East to six games and lowering their magic number to four. Roy Oswalt threw seven innings of one-hit ball and the Phillies won their 10th straight game that Oswalt started after losing his Philly debut. It's the third time since 1920 that the Phillies won at least 10 straight starts by a pitcher in the same season (Steve Carlton in 1972 and Tommy Greene in 1993).

And they’ve won 10 straight games overall, their second consecutive season with a winning streak of at least 10 games. According to Elias, this is the third time in franchise history that the Phillies have had winning streaks of at least 10 games in back-to-back seasons.

Since July 29, the day the Phillies traded for Oswalt, they are 37-15, a .712 win percentage. Over a full season that would translate to more than 115 victories – the franchise record for wins is 101, done twice. Those are the ONLY two seasons in their 127-year history in which they’ve eclipsed the century mark.

Oswalt has teamed up real well with aces Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels. The team is undefeated in their 13 September starts, with an 18-3 overall mark. They’ve made up nine games on the Braves this month, turning a three-game deficit into a nearly insurmountable six-game lead.

How Oswalt dominated the Braves Wednesday:
Fastball up and offspeed down:
• Threw 55.2 pct of his fastballs up in the zone or above (35.3 pct entering Wednesday)
• Miss pct of 52.6 vs high fastballs, including 71.4 pct on fastballs above the strike zone
• Got 5 strikeouts on high fastballs
• Threw 73.2 pct of offspeed pitches down in the zone or below it (55.7 pct entering Wednesday)
• Seventy pct of offspeed pitches were changeups, and 80.9 pct of those changeups were strikes
• Hitters put four of those changeups in play, all ground outs

HalladayHow Halladay beat the Braves Tuesday:
Changed it up:
• Threw 14.6 pct changeups (and 14.3 pct in his last 4 starts)
• Hitters went 0-for-3 vs changeup (1-for-13, .077 vs changeup in last 4 starts)
• Miss pct of 42.9 vs changeups (43.8 pct in last 4 starts)

***To see how Hamels beat the Braves on Monday, click here.***