Roy Halladay will go for career victory No. 200 when he makes his much-anticipated season debut Wednesday night in Atlanta. In the 130-year history of the Phillies, very few pitchers have reached the milestone while wearing red pinstripes.
Both Alexander, with 190 wins with the Phillies, and Schilling with 101, reached the three-digit victory mark while a member of the club, and Bunning’s No. 14 is retired. But none of them won their 200th career game with the Phils.
In fact, it’s happened only four times in the history of the franchise and just once in the last half century.
Halladay will look to add his name to the list on Wednesday night.
The right-hander will be making his first attempt at it after winning his final game last season, a 9-5 decision in Miami. Doc will be under high scrutiny after a worrisome spring, as Jim Salisbury discusses on CSNPhilly.com.
Halladay reached 100 victories at age 31 and as long as he wins a game before May 14 will achieve 200 at age 35. But it’s unlikely — one would be unwise to label anything “impossible” for the always determined Doc — he’ll ever get to 300 unless he averages near 20 wins per season for the next five to six years. So it’s basically impossible.
When Doc wins his 200th, he’ll become the 112th player in baseball history to do so.
The other Phillies…
So who were the other hurlers to notch No. 200 with the Phils? You’ve probably heard of three of them.
Steve Carlton was the last to do it — on July 23, 1978 against the Astros at the Vet. In his seventh attempt at the milestone, Lefty limited Houston to two runs and eight hits in a 13-2 Phillies win.
Before him, Robin Roberts won his 200th on his first try Aug. 1, 1958 against the Cubs at Connie Mack Stadium. In a compete game, Roberts held Chicago to one run and three hits. The Phillies won, 3-1.
Long-time Philadelphia Athletic and Hall of Famer Chief Bender picked up his 200th in relief against the Pirates on June 13, 1913. Just 15 of his 212 careers victories came with the Phillies. And the first to do it with the Phillies was… Guy Weyhing, of course! In 1893, when he finished 23-16.