Taking a Halladay
Let’s take a brief Roy Halladay break for some numbers surrounding the Phillies’ 10-game winning streak and their 14-1 mark since July 2:
- Elias Sports Bureau reports the 10-game winning streak is the longest by a defending World Series champion since the 1971 Orioles won 11 consecutive games.
- The Phillies became the first time in 17 years to win their last five games before the All-Star break and their first first five games after the break. The only other team to do that since 1980 was the 1992 Braves.
- Jayson Werth hit a walk-off homer in the 13th inning Tuesday. Since 1986 only three other Phillies have had walk-off homers in the 13th inning or later: John Kruk (14th inning on April 20, 1993), Todd Pratt (13th inning on June 21, 2003) and Ryan Howard (14th inning on July 25, 2007).
- This is the team’s longest winning streak since they won 13 straight July 30-Aug. 12, 1991.
- Since July 2, the Phillies lead the National League in runs (95), home runs (24), walks (74), on-base percentage (.373), slugging percentage (.489), ERA (2.15) and opponents batting average (.198). The bullpen has allowed only three of 18 inherited runners to score.
OK, back to Halladay. ESPN’s Jayson Stark gets the latest update from Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi.
Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, J.C. Romero and Shane Victorino join former big leaguers like Milt Thompson and others tomorrow at Richie Ashburn Field at FDR Park for a clinic for 300 Philadelphia-area youth. The Players Trust’s City Clinics program is a grass-roots campaign underwritten and developed by – and featuring the active participation of – current Major Leaguers to promote the game of baseball to underprivileged children, ages 6-16, in select cities across the country.