Halladay vs. Johnson Becoming A Rivalry

Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson could be in the early stages of a phenomenal pitching rivalry.

Halladay beat Johnson on May 29, throwing a perfect game in a 1-0 victory at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Johnson allowed one unearned run in the loss. But Johnson threw eight scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory over the Phillies last night at Citizens Bank Park. Halladay allowed just one run in eight innings.

Johnson is 2-1 with a 0.44 ERA (one earned run in 20 2/3 innings) in three career starts against Halladay. Elias Sports Bureau said that is the lowest ERA against Halladay amongst pitchers with at least three starts against him.

Halladay is 1-2 with a 1.96 ERA (five earned runs in 23 innings) against Johnson.

Elias also said Thursday’s rematch was the first time a pitcher who threw a perfect game faced the same opposing pitcher with the same team in the same season since Sandy Koufax faced Bob Hendley in 1965. Koufax threw his perfect game Sept. 9 in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, but Hendley threw a four-hitter to beat Koufax five days later in Chicago at Wrigley Field.

Hendley allowed just one hit in nine innings in the loss to Koufax.

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3 Comments

And it’ll be Halladay/Sabathia on Tuesday? Great. Another chance for an 8-inning loss or no decision for Roy.

12-1 as I type this. A new low for this suddenly unwatchable team. This is no longer a slump, it’s something more. Not looking forward to the next 5 games.
When Ross Gload and his .186 batting average is your DH, there is something wrong with the roster.

And I’m tired of hearing McCarthy and Wheeler griping about the home plate umpire whenever Moyer pitches. It’s as though he needs to have bad pitches called strikes in order to be successful. Maybe that’s because major league hitters can zone-in on 82mph fastballs in the strike zone?

Joe B tomorrow doesn’t fill me with confidence either. They’d be better off playing t-ball. This isn’t how a 2-time pennant winner is supposed to play, and I fear that the complacency of the manager and front office will only feed into the losing.
Cut somebody. Send a veteran to AAA. Make a statement. Stop batting Utley third. Do some damned thing.

I’m looking forward to NEXT season. This one is tanking quickly.
I agree about the complacency, and that Charlie has to make a statement. Or at least scream at the team. The once a year he has to do that really seems to help. I’m really sick of the “it’s not like they’re not trying”, “that’s baseball”, “there’s plenty of games left”, etc., excuses. Time for action, Chuck!!!

Totally unwatchable.
Alycia Keyes is on ABC.

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