April 5, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Closers are different. That is a fact acknowledged by everyone who has ever set foot in a baseball clubhouse. What's amazing is that they can be different in so many different ways. "He's typical, I guess," Roy Halladay said Thursday after he combined with new closer Jonathan Papelbon to blank the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Phillies' 1-0 opening-day victory at PNC Park. Halladay meant that Papelbon was typical because he has proven to be every bit as different as every closer he has met during his well-decorated career.
August 27, 2013 |
A LITTLE BIT of run support was all the Doc had ordered. Roy Halladay returned to a big-league mound a bit earlier than expected as he joined the Phillies following a historic 18-inning loss Saturday night in which yesterday's scheduled starter was used in relief. Halladay had been scheduled to make a rehab start yesterday at Double A Reading. The two-time Cy Young Award winner outpitched Arizona ace lefthander Patrick Corbin in the Phillies' 9-5 victory yesterday afternoon. Halladay walked off the field after a scoreless sixth inning to his second standing ovation of the afternoon, his pitch count at 94. The 36-year-old's day was done after holding the Diamondbacks to two runs on four hits and two walks, with two strikeouts.
April 5, 2013 |
ATLANTA - It is an obituary nobody wants to write, and only Roy Halladay can prevent it from being written. He forced us all to sharpen our pencils Wednesday night. If the question before this start was whether Halladay would be closer to his vintage self now that the games count, it is now this: If he isn't going to be that pitcher again, can he learn how to be effective in a different way? The guess here is that the answer will turn out to be yes. Halladay is just too competitive, too dedicated to his craft to be daunted by this challenge.
April 1, 2011
By Jim Kaplan Will we ever see another pitching duel? I don't mean what passes for one these days - with starters lasting six, seven, or eight innings before invariably giving way to the bullpen. I'm referring to the days when two grizzled pitchers strapped on their gloves expecting to work into extra innings if that's what it took to finish the game. Ever since I began researching the mother of all pitching duels - the 1963 16-inning classic waged by Hall of Famers Juan Marichal of the Giants (227 pitches)
June 9, 2013 |
MILWAUKEE — Cliff Lee's left arm had thrown 101 high-stress pitches when he assumed his spot in the on-deck circle Friday. He flicked his bat through the crisp Midwestern air when a fan's voice caught his attention. A boy wearing a blue Brewers jersey offered red licorice in the seventh inning. Lee grabbed a piece, ate it, and nodded his head as the small swath of fans applauded. This is when a 5-4 Phillies loss started to sour. Three of the Phillies' best relievers were unavailable.
April 5, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Frustrated. That was the first word out of a distraught Roy Halladay's mouth following an odd outing in a string of troubling starts. On Wednesday night, Halladay needed 95 pitches to get 10 outs, nine of which came on strikeouts. He also served up two home runs and was out of the game before the fourth inning was over. But perhaps it was also the most predictable of outcomes when you matched up the aging, scuffling Halladay against the new-look, free-swinging Atlanta Braves.
May 29, 2012 |
SO, WHERE DID you go the first thing Saturday morning? If the answer is Wildwood or some other Jersey Shore outpost, Joey Gorman is slightly jealous . . . Then again, his first move helped Ss. Neumann-Goretti High win another Catholic League baseball championship (second in row; third in 4 years). For about 2 weeks, since making an awkward throw in a Blue Division finale against Bishop McDevitt, Gorman had felt pain in the left part of his back. "I was figuring, 'I'm a kid. Kids don't have back trouble,' " Gorman said.
August 26, 2006 |
Little League Baseball will implement a new pitch-count rule next season, a change that organizers hope will reduce wear-and-tear on youngsters' arms. Starting in 2007, the number of pitches thrown in a game will determine how long that player must rest before returning to the mound. The current system is based on innings pitched. The change, unanimously approved by Little League's board of directors yesterday, expands on a test conducted over the last 2 years. Pitch-count rules were voluntarily tested in about 500 of the 6,400 leagues in the United States this past regular season, and the regulations were expected to become mandatory.
May 23, 2010 |
At some point in Roy Halladay's career, all the pitches he has thrown and all the innings he has logged are going to sap the life from his high-powered right arm. And for all of you worried about this issue, remember this: That doesn't make the Phillies' $60 million ace different from any other man who throws a baseball for a living. All of this brings us to the subject of the week - pitch counts. When Halladay threw 132 pitches during his complete-game loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, the alarms sounded at Citizens Bank Park.
June 26, 2012 |
Cole Hamels and Charlie Manuel weren't going to push the pitch-count meter. The Phillies lefthander threw seven shutout innings, allowing three hits, walking three, and striking out seven in the Phillies' 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of a split doubleheader Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. The reason for his departure while holding a 1-0 lead was his pitch count. Hamels had thrown 111 pitches, and both he and Manuel thought that was more than enough. "Unfortunately, when you get to that sacred [pitch-count]