Year in Review: Roy Oswalt

Posted by Michael Baumann, Mon, January 03, 2011 02:36 PM | Comments: 4
2010 Player Reviews, Analysis, Posts

Ed Wade may yet contribute to a Phillies World Series title. The Houston GM, perhaps best known for an eight-year stint at the helm of a rudderless Phillies team, has followed it up with perhaps an even more perplexing reign of terror in the Purple Drank capital of the world. On July 29, Wade traded Roy Oswalt, the face of his franchise and one of the most consistently excellent pitchers of the past 10 years, to the Phillies for J.A. Happ and two other guys.

I don’t think I ever really appreciated Oswalt’s excellence from afar, but up close, the diminutive righthander was simply stunning. Overall this season, Oswalt was spectacular, posting a 2.76 ERA, a league-leading 1.025 WHIP, and his highest K/9 ratio since his rookie season. Taking into account only his numbers after the trade, Oswalt was even better: 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA and a 0.895 WHIP in 82 2/3 innings (to say nothing of perfect fielding statistics in left field).

Oswalt never did seem to have his best stuff in the playoffs, but pitched well enough to grab a win in Game 2 of the NLCS (though his last two appearances were perhaps the two most hearbreaking losses of the year) and keep the Phillies competitive in his other appearances. Still, despite showing up in Philly under very high expectations, Oswalt managed to quietly exceed them.

Grade: 9.1

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Michael Baumann has written 229 articles on Phillies Nation.

Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

  • Posts: 38 GoPhils

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    Roy Oswalt was excellent for the Phils. His arrival was part of the set of factors that spurred the Phils out of their malaise and to the top of the NL East. He featured a good fastball and a changeup instead of the curveball we have been used to seeing. His mound presence was outstanding. He showed that he is a great teammate by playing leftfield in a pinch and relieving in the playoffs. He loves the mound at Citibank park and appreciated pitching with two other aces that provided relief from pressure. He will be pitching with three next year. His time with the Phils may be limited, however, because he keeps mentioning retirement and also the Phils may not be able to keep him if they want to retain Cole Hamels, Ryan Madson and Jimmy Rollins.

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    It was so nice to see him come in and perform the way we knew he would…

    The story is really ironic… I mean, Oswalt has been linked to the Phillies via the rumor mill for years and when we finally get him, it’s Ed Wade who gives him up. I think that everyone was a little bit leery of this one – Oswalt being on the tail end of his career, and the fact that we gave up nothing for him… I know that I was skeptical. Plus, Oswalt is a little bit eccentric so it’s not like he came in and swept us off our feet with his charisma… BUT once he took the mound, there was little doubt that he would live up to the expectations. He’s an athlete, he’s a gamer and I think that he’ll come back pitching with fire.

  • Posts: 93 Ted Bell

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    If you look at the 2008 roster, Wade already DID contribute to a Phillies championship. Much of the nucleus were Wade players…Gillick himself acknowledged that.

    I’m Ted Bell.

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