|Tough as nails with grit, the Philadelphia Phillies players took advantage of the expansion draft and rose from last place in 1992 with a 70-92 mark. The Phillies won right at the start of the season and kept right-on-going to win the NL East by 3 full games. Then, in the 1993 NL Championship Series Philadelphia defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-games to 2 to win the National League pennant. |
1993 Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia's take-charge, leadoff man was outfielder Lenny 'Nails' Dystra. The hustling, 5 ft 10 inch, 167-pounder lined 44 doubles, 6 Ts, 9 Hrs, hit .305 and scored more runs, 143, than any National League player did in 61 years - Chuck Klein, 152 runs, of the Phillies , a member of baseball's elite Hall of Fame.
They packed their lineup so as a group of power and clutch-hitters followed Dystra. First baseman John Kruk, .316, 33 DS, 14 Hrs, 100 runs, 85 RBIs, .433 on-base-pct., power-hitting catcher Darren Daulton, .257, 35 Ds, 24 Hrs, 90 runs, 105 RBIs and long-time major league veteran Peerless Pete Incaviglia, .274, 16 Ds, 24 Hrs, 101 runs, 89 RBIs in 368 at bats.
When you add All Star third baseman Dave Hollis, .273, 30 Ds, 18 Hrs, 104 runs, 93 RBIs, 85 bases on balls... outfielder Jim Eisenreich, .318, 17 Ds, 7 Hrs, 51 runs, solid defensive work from shortstop Mariano Duncan, of the Dominican Republic, .282, 26 Ds, 11 Hrs, 68 Runs, 73 RBIs, and always hustling second baseman Rickey Morandini, .247, 19 Ds, 9 Ts, 57 runs... speedy outfielder Wes Chamberlain, .282, 20 DS, 12 Hrs, 45 RBIs in 284 at bats spanning 120 games.
The pitching staff paced the resurgence of the Phillies in 1993 with starters Tommy Greene, Curt Schilling, Terry Mulholland, Ben Rivera and Danny Jackson posting at least 12 victories. Greene went 16-4, 3.42 ERA, Schilling 16-7, 4.02 ERA, Mulholland 12-9, 3.25 ERA, Rivera 13-9, 5.02 and Jackson 12-11, 3.77.
Sep-up relievers and closers played a major role for the 1993 Phillies - David West 6-4, 2.92 ERA in 76 games, Larry Andersen 3-2, 2.92 ERA in 64 games, Roger Mason 5-5, 4.89 ERA in 34 and closer Mitch 'Wild Thing' Williams 2-7, 3.34 ERA in 65 games with a whooping 43 saves.
Second place in the NL East went to Montreal. The Expos fought hard all season and in the last month gathered a 20-2 record at one point.
Philadelphia celebrated winning the NL and got revenge against cross-town rivals Pittsburgh, who won the NL East three consecutive seasons, 1990-92, but failed to hoist the pennant flag in any of those years. Philadelphia Phillies 1993