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.
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.
May 20, 2009 |
Cole Hamels could only sigh. After throwing 117 pitches, narrowly escaping the sixth inning, contributing a key hit and winning his second game in three starts, the Phillies' ace inhaled deeply and grinned. "I don't think that's something I want to do in such a short amount of innings," he said of throwing so many pitches. "Sometimes you need to finish guys off and they keep fouling it off and that just adds to your pitch count. Sometimes it's a challenging game. The hitters are good.
March 19, 2007 |
Roger Clemens said his decision on whether to pitch this season would not come before May, MLB.com reported yesterday. In an exclusive interview, the 44-year-old righthander said that if he pitched it would be for only the Houston Astros, New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox. Red Sox. Curt Schilling threw 98 pitches over six solid innings yesterday in a game featuring mostly triple-A players at Boston's minor-league complex in Fort Myers, Fla....
July 14, 2004
MAYBE it's just me, but there is something very wrong with Citizens Bank Park (and it's not the concession lines). Since when does the opening of a new stadium warrant the theft of another city's ballpark tradition? I'm referring to this sudden fascination with throwing visiting teams' home run balls back onto the field. Last time I checked, vines weren't growing on the outfield walls and the Phillies weren't playing home games at Chicago's Wrigley Field. Come on, people, the least we can do is be creative enough to come up with our own tradition.
August 11, 2009 |
8:05, Wrigley Field, Chicago. TV: Channel 17. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish. Phillies RHP J.A. Happ (8-2, 2.74) vs. Cubs RHP Rich Harden (7-7, 4.41) Phillies update: Happ grew up 2 hours outside of Chicago, spent 3 years at Northwestern, and lived in the Windy City in the offseason while preparing for a looming spring-training roster battle. Now, he returns riding the wave of the most impressive start of his career, a shutout of the Rockies in which he threw a career-high 127 pitches ... Happ's previous career-high pitch count was 112 ... Since replacing Chan Ho Park in the rotation, Happ is 6-2 with a 2.80 ERA and has held opponents to a .230 batting average.
June 11, 2001 |
Robert Person had his back turned when Larry Bowa emerged from the visitors' dugout in the bottom of the sixth inning yesterday. Like a quarterback looking to his right as a defensive end closes in from the left, the Phillies' starting pitcher didn't see it coming. He didn't see his manager shaking his left arm, motioning for lefthander Rheal Cormier from the bullpen. Person did, however, see the game immediately unravel for the Phillies after his departure. With a white towel on his head and a pained expression on his face, he watched helplessly from the dugout as the Boston Red Sox rallied for a 5-4 victory at Fenway Park.
August 21, 2011 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Alex Garbrick held Cumberland, R.I., to three hits before reaching his pitch-count limit, and Wyatt Koch added a key two-out RBI single in the fifth to lift Clinton County, Pa., to a 2-0 victory at the Little League World Series on Saturday night. A night after a tension-filled loss to Kentucky, the hometown favorites rebounded before another partisan crowd at Lamade Stadium. Rhode Island had the tying run at the plate in the sixth but didn't plate it and was eliminated.