Halladay Ends Holiday

Doc delivered.  Losing three of four in Pittsburgh over the holiday weekend and trailing the Braves by five games, a win was needed last night.

The guy has amazing concentration.  He sure is a quality horse at the top of the rotation.  Just think, he has seven complete games at mid-season.  The entire Phillies staff a year ago had eight.

From Elias Sports Bureau
Doc threw 93 pitches, the third-fewest pitches thrown in a nine-inning complete game in the majors this season: Homer Bailey (Reds), 90 pitches in a shutout at Pittsburgh on May 12 and Armando Galarraga (Tigers), 88 in his imperfect game vs. Cleveland on June 2.

It was Halladay’s seventh complete game this season, the most by any major leaguer prior to the All-Star Game since Halladay himself had seven in 2008. Since the 2000 season, only one pitcher other than Halladay had seven CGs prior to the break: Mark Mulder (A’s) in 2003.

And it was Doc’s 10th win of the season, marking the sixth straight season that he has amassed double-digit wins prior to the All-Star Game. He’s the first pitcher to have a streak that long since Catfish Hunter had 10-or-more wins before the break in each of seven straight years from 1970 to 1976; and the only other pitchers who have had six-year streaks of that type are all, like Hunter, Hall-of-Famers: Robin Roberts (1950-55), Sandy Koufax (1961-66), Juan Marichal (eight years, 1962-69) and Bob Gibson (1965-70).

Midway Point
Last night was game #81, which means the midway point of the season.  We’re 43-38, same as the last two seasons.

In 1980? 44-37.

Ten years ago? 37-44. 

Streak Is Over
2B Harold Garcia of the Clearwater Threshers had his 37-game hitting streak end last night, 0-for-3, in Daytona Beach, which is ironic in that the old Florida State League record of 36 straight games was held by a Daytona Beach player, Joe Altobelli, way back in 1951.

During the streak which began on May 24, Garcia hit .354.  Since joining Clearwater from extended spring training on May 16, he’s been hitless in just three games, including last night.

The 23-year-old switch-hitter from Venezuela fell way short of the all-time minor league record: 69 games in 1919 by Wichita’s Joe Wilhoit.

College Honor
OF/1B Chris Duffy, selected in the 26th round last month out of the University of Central Florida, will be in Anaheim next Wednesday.  He’s one of five finalists in the Golden Spikes Award for the outstanding amateur baseball player in 2010. 

The left-handed hitter batted .447 and had a slugging percentage of .850, both UCF records, while hitting 21 homers and driving in 81 runs.  He was previously drafted by the White Sox in the 9th round in 2006.

Belated Happy Birthday
Phillie Phanatic and a big birthday cake appeared in the Phillies TV booth last night.  Broadcasters Gary Mathews and Tm McCarthy celebrated birthdays.  Larry Anderson pointed out the cake had 112 candles on it.

 

 

 

1 Comment

HOW LONG WILL RUBEN WAIT BEFORE HE REALLY SEES HOW BAD MANUAL RUNS THIS TEAM. HE HAS NO CLUE HOW TO USE THE PITCHING STAFF NOR HAS HE A CLUE HOW TO RUN THE TEAM! LAST NIGHT WAS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE , MOYER WAS DONE AFTER 5 AND HE LEAVES HIM IN THERE UNTIL THE SEVENTH AND THEN ONLY THEN AFTER THE DAMAGE WAS DONE HE DECIDES TO GET OFF HIS *** AND DO SOMETHING. I REALIZE THAT WE HAVE INJURIES BUT THAT ONLY GOES SO FAR. THAT WAS A WINABLE GAME LAST NIGHT AND AS ALWAYS MANUAL FINDS A WAY TO BLOW IT. ALONG WITH MANUAL BEING CLUELESS SO IS THOMSON THIS TEAM GOES INTO SLUMPS MORE THEN ANY OTHER TEAM IN BASEBALL , THIS IS DUE TO THE FACT THAT MILT THOMSON IS A LOUSEY HITTING COACH. HITTERS DON’T CARRY A SLUMP AS LONG AS THIS TEAM DOES. THE PHILLIES NEED A HITTING COACH A REAL ONE AS WELL AS A NEW MANAGER! ITS TIME , I ALONG WITH MOST FANS FEEL THE SAME WAY. MANUAL HAS COST THIS TEAM MORE THEN 15 LOSSES THIS YEAR ALONE . HE COUNTS ON THE TEAMS TALENT AND HOPES IT WILL ALL WORK OUT IN THE END . A GOOD MANAGER MAKES CHANGES WHEN THINGS DON’T GO RIGHT . HOW LONG WILL HE WAIT FOR WERTH TO IMPROVE? WERTH IS JUST COLLECTING A PAY CHECK AND KNOWS HE WILL BE OUT OF HERE AT THE END OF THE YEAR , WHY WAIT ? BRING UP BROWN NOW AND GET HIM GOING . WHATS THE DIFFERENCE WE’RE LOSING ANYWAY. WERTH IS JUST ON AUTO PILOT AND IS NOT PUTTING A SOLID EFFORT OUT . THE SAME GOES FOR VICTORINO HE IS ALSO ON CRUISE CONTROL. A GOOD MANAGER GETS PLAYERS BACK ON TRACK BUT MANUAL LETS A PLAYER WORK IT OUT ON HIS OWN , THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO COACH PLAYERS! EVERYONE IS FOCUSED ON LOSING LEE BUT PITCHING ISN’T THE PROBLEM WITH THIS TEAM , TWO NIGHTS AGO WE HAD A GRAND TOTAL OF 3 HITS IN 11 INNINGS OF PLAY , THATS PITTYFULL. HERES A THOUGHT , WOULD DAVE LOPES MAKE A BETTER MANAGER? ??? MAYBE HE WOULD SELECT A BETTER HITTING COACH! THIS TEAM WINS ON ITS OWN ACCORD ITS NOT THE MANAGER , IF ANYTHING THE MANAGER COSTS US GAMES. WHEN HITTERS GO INTO SLUMPS A GOOD HITTING COACH IS PAYING ATTENTION TO EACH AT BATS NOT SITTING PACKING SUN FLOWER SEEDS INTO HIS FACE . HE PAYS NO ATTENTION TO WHAT A HITTER IS DOING WRONG AND LETS FACE IT , MILT THOMSON NEVER SET THE WORLD ON FIRE WITH HIS OWN HITTING , WHAT MAKES PEOPLE THINK HE CAN TEACH OTHER HITTERS HOW TO HIT? WOULD OLD MR 20 MAKE A GOOD HITTING COACH? ITS TIME RUBEN TO CONSIDER A NEW MANAGER AND I BELIEVE YOU HAVE A GUY RIGHT HERE ON OUR OWN TEAM WHO COULD FILL THE BILL! WILL WE WAIT UNTIL THE SEASON IS COMPLETELY LOST BEFORE WE MAKE A MOVE? THE BRAVES AREN’T THAT GREAT A TEAM AND THEY ARE ONLY IN FIRST PLACE BECAUSE THE REST OF THE TEAMS IN THIS DIVISION ARE SLUMMING , THEY CAN BARELY BEAT US WITH ALL THE INJURIES AND THE SLUMPS WE GO THROUGH, LETS PUT A STAKE IN THEIR HEARTS AND TURN IT AROUND BY SELECTING A NEW MANAGER AND HITTING COACH , MANUAL LOOKS CONFUSED AND UNSURE , LETS NOT DO WHAT THE EAGLES DO , KEEP A COACH THAT IS ALSO CLUELESS. ITS TIME TO MAKE A CHANGE! BACK IN 80 WHEN THE TEAM WAS DOING VERY MUCH THE SAME THING AS NOW THE FRONT OFFICE MADE A CHANGE TO DALLAS GREEN AND WE WON A WORLD SERIES! WE NEED TO DO THE SAME THING NOW AND SELECT A GUY WHO CAN LEAD THIS TEAM AND NOT RUN ON AUTO PILOT. DALLAS GREEN TURNED THE WHOLE TEAM AROUND AND MADE THE DIFFERENCE WE NEED THAT SAME KIND OF CHANGE NOW , THIS WILL NOT GET BETTER IF THINGS STAY THE SAME IT WILL ONLY GET WORST. MAKE A CHANGE NOW WHILE WE STILL HAVE A CHANCE!

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