We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season,[2] though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. Jimmy will probably sit until the LCS, God willing. No decisions are awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game. Six game lead. The Phillies are a few games away from clinching -- how will their playoff roster look come October? Here's the no-brainers for the men with bats: I don't think Jimmy Rollins is a definite. The bench has been much better at times this season, thanks to the rebirth of Wilson Valdez as an actual baseball player, but still has plenty of holes. FanGraphs does not have a paywall. Seven games remaining. I think it's safe to assume the Phillies will be seeing a healthy dose of October this year. Baez making $3 mil to play backgammon with Mick Billmeyer and Herndon has hung around all season making 400K as a Rule 5 draftee, throwing double-play balls and being the victim of a high BABIP. Six game lead. Jon Lester helped the Cubs to snap a 108-year World Series drought in … The man likes to ride a hot streak. Conversely, George McQuillan is the only player to have a .000 winning percentage in more than one Opening Day start (0–2–0 in two starts). [3] Where decisions are known, the 72 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 33 wins, 40 losses and 20 no decisions (33–40–20); where decisions are unknown, the team's record was 17–19. So if Rollins is a question mark, Greg Dobbs, Domonic Brown, and Mike Sweeney are as well. With the way the roster stands, 13 and 12 seems like the most likely scenario as well. He hasn't performed particularly well as a Phillie, but he's a veteran right-handed bat that knows the strike zone and has a bit of pop left. 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Play-by-play data prior to 2002 was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted Hall of Fame left-handed pitcher Steve Carlton has the most Opening Day starts for the Phillies, with 14,[5] compiling a record of 3–9–2. Word is Charlie will have him back in the lineup today, but if he doesn't show he's healthy enough to play, I'm confident enough in Valdez to go into the playoffs with him at short. The team's record in his five Opening Day starts is 4–1. Between Baez and Herndon, you're looking at two polar opposites contractually. I think it's safe to assume the Phillies will be seeing a healthy dose of October this year. The Phillies have played in seven World Series championships in their history, winning in 1980 and 2008. Grover Cleveland Alexander also made five Opening Day starts for the Phillies, equal to Schilling; however, no information on his decisions in those games is available. It can also result if a starting pitcher does not pitch five full innings, even if his team retains the lead and wins.[4]. They lacked a power right-handed bat and a pinch-running option, which was eventually filled by Bruntlett in the NLCS when he and Chan Ho Park came on for Brett Myers and Kyle Kendrick. So I would go with Worley, Bastardo, and Herndon but I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up being Kendrick, Bastardo, and Baez. Please support FanGraphs by becoming a member. I'd guess that out of the four of them, Sweeney has the best bet to slide into the twelfth spot. But Charlie loves "his guys" and Dobbs is certainly one of his guys. With an eclectic mix of youth and inconsistency in the lower rungs of the bullpen, it's going to be interesting to see who Chuck and the boys decide to keep around for playoff baseball. Best record in the NL. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. He is followed by Robin Roberts (twelve starts; 5–6–1), Chris Short (six starts; 3–1–2), and Curt Schilling (five starts; 2–0–3).