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)
April 8, 2013 |
TAKE AWAY a gem of a performance by Cliff Lee and a bases-clearing, pinch-hit double by Kevin Frandsen and the Phillies would be 0-6 heading into Roy Halladay's scheduled start against the Mets on Monday night. So things could be worse. But in the wake of a 9-8 loss to the Kansas City Royals that featured their second implosion in 3 days, they also could be much, much better. The root cause of the Phillies' fourth loss of the season was simple: Cole Hamels did not have as much success adapting to umpire Eric Cooper's strike zone as did Royals righthander James Shields, who allowed four runs in the first inning and then put up zeroes in the next five.
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]
September 3, 1997 |
Expos righthander Pedro Martinez has to be considered the favorite to win the National League Cy Young Award. He is 16-6 with a 1.63 earned run average. One of his wins came last Saturday in Yankee Stadium, a complete-game five-hitter against the defending world champions during which he struck out 10. Phillies righthander Curt Schilling might not finish in the top three of NL Cy Young balloting this season, despite leading the league in strikeouts. Yankees manager Joe Torre, who watched Schilling whiff 16 hitters in a dominant eight innings against New York Monday at Veterans Stadium, doesn't see much difference between the two. "We talk about Martinez and you could just play it back with Schilling," Torre said before last night's 5-0 loss to the Phillies.
May 1, 2011
Pitch counts are way cool. We have no idea who invented this baseball statistic, but it has grown enough in prominence that it has its own Wikipedia page, a sure sign that the people out there in cyberspace believe it is a very important thing. At the risk of relaying misinformation, Wikipedia tells us that "pitch counts are especially a concern for young pitchers, pitchers recovering from injury, or pitchers who have a history of injuries. " Citation needed. Here is more from Wikipedia: "Before pitch counts became prominent in the 1980s, a pitcher pitched until he could no longer get anyone out or the game was over.
June 27, 2004 |
Just another day yesterday at Fenway Park? Save it. "Baseball is a long season," said the Phillies' Jim Thome, who was the designated hitter in yesterday's 9-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox. "But there also is a sense of urgency as you go out and play every day. I think that's what we had [yesterday]. " The Phillies had their reasons. They lost twice last week to the moribund Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium. Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez whipped them Friday in a 12-1 loss that dropped them to a mediocre 10-12 in June.