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.
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 4, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Charlie Manuel raised his left arm at 8:38 p.m. Wednesday and looked to the bullpen. The steady rain that dampened Turner Field persisted. The gloom extended north to Philadelphia. With one out in the fourth inning of a 9-2 Phillies loss to Atlanta, Roy Halladay capitulated. He ditched the weapons that, for a decade, armed a dominant pitcher. When Halladay threw his fastball, Braves hitters mashed it. The constant diet of off-speed pitches elicited strikeouts, but at the cost of a rising pitch count.
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]
March 22, 2007
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Baseball has done a wonderful job of creating a Perfect Storm for itself. For better or worse - I say worse - baseball men determined that once amateur pitchers became their wards, arm health would be an overriding priority. The pitch counts and innings limits that are now a pervasive part of the game at almost every level - Little League goes to pitch counts this season, for crying out Tatum O'Neal - are probably great for pitchers at the low end of the food chain.