The Philadelphia Phillies have 99 problems, but a starting rotation isn't one.
Sure, the problems they're facing heading into the offseason may not be exactly on that scale, but there are some worries that we'll be hearing about over the next three months or so. In the market for a closer, shortstop and bench players, as well as a possible third base upgrade, the Phillies have their share of problems. Once again, pitching isn't one of them.
Even now that their aces are down to three, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels will be joined by the likes of rookie phenomenon Vance Worley and either Joe Blanton or Kyle Kendrick. This is assuming that no outside additions are made—also just a possibility—as the club remains in contact with the agent for that fourth ace, Roy Oswalt.
General manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. has always felt strongly about the need for starting pitching on a championship-caliber club, so it has never been surprising to see him make stunning moves for starters. His rosters have been chock full of them—a theme that he shares with Phillies general managers of the past.
Over the club's lengthy history, some of the game's all-time greats have worn a Phillies uniform, as well as some great pitchers who aren't as well known. Does Halladay stand among this group of Phillies greats? Is he tops in the current rotation?
There's only one way to find out! Let's list the greatest starting pitchers in the history of the Philadelphia Phillies!