Halladay Throws Easter Goose Eggs

24 Apr

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Roy
Halladay is the Phillies “Ace of Aces,” but after his win today he looked more
like the dealer then one of his cards. Halladay tied his career high in
strikeouts at 14, and just made the Padres look silly. Halladay completed the
sweep of the Padres with so much finesse, nobody wanted to see him leave the
game.  

On
Easter Sunday Halladay was throwing up some eggs of his own, but these were
goose eggs.  Roy was one batter shy of
getting the complete game win, and a single shy of the shutout.  The Padres are the worst offensive team in the
game, but they came out swinging in the ninth and forced Charlie to walk out
and get Halladay.  Antonio Bastardo came
on and got Nick Hundley to fly out with one pitch.

It’s
understandable that Halladay is going to want to go the distance in each and
every start, that’s just the way he works, but in April?  I don’t know if it makes a ton of sense.  Before today, Cole Hamels was tied with Livan
Hernandez for most pitches thrown in a game at 124, but Halladay passed them by
six. 

When
the decision was made to let Roy go out for the ninth, there were some factors
that went into the decision; some were not yet made aware to the rest of the
world.  Nobody knew at this point that Jose Contreras was going to be placed
on the disabled list.  Rich Dubee and
Charlie Manual also knew that Halladay was going to receive an extra day of
rest with the off day coming on Thursday after the Phillies complete their
series with the Diamondbacks.

The
Phillies are pretty lucky to have such great pitching during this dry
spell.  In their last 11 games the
Phillies have only scored 32 runs and are averaging just 2.9 runs per
game.  They are hitting just .207, but
are still 9-4 in that span. Playing like this in April isn’t completely
alarming, but it’s making some people uneasy.

The
Phillies have won 15 games so far this April, and the club record is 17, so
they’re doing some things right.  You can’t
lose all hope that things won’t turn around. 
Remember that just two weeks ago the Phillies were absolutely destroying
the ball.  Not last season, two weeks
ago, so things can change.  The Phillies struggled early in the game, but the bats appeared to be coming back to life as the game progressed.  Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. 

Side Notes –

Werth Watch – Jayson went 0-5 today, and
is currently hitting just .200 

Sunday Sweep – It was a happy Easter
across the Delaware Valley with the Sixers, Flyers, and Phillies all winning
their games today. 

Shane – The most exciting play in baseball happened in the Sunday finale.  Shane Victorino hit a inside the park home run.  It was Shane’s first career inside the park homer.  

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