Utley, Halladay and Howard Are NL All-Stars
Utley won the fan vote at second base, although he will not play. Halladay won the player vote. Charlie Manuel selected Howard as a reserve, which has caused a stir because he picked Howard over Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who arguably is having the best season of any player in the National League. (Votto can win the Final Vote and still make the team.)
Halladay met with reporters before today’s game against the Pirates at PNC Park. He is 9-7 with a 2.42 ERA. The Phillies have scored just 12 runs for him in his seven losses, so he should have at least two or three more wins. He still ranks sixth in the league in ERA. He ranks first with six complete games, and threw a perfect game May 29 against Florida.
Asked to assess his first half with the Phillies, he said, “Challenging. Obviously, the injuries have probably played the biggest role in the first half for us. But it’s been a challenge. Trying to get everything going in the right direction at the same time, it seems like it’s been tough for us. We get on a while, and then something else seems to get away from us. It’s definitely been a challenge. But I think as far as attitude and overcoming the stuff we have, it’s been better than any other team I’ve been on at this point.”
Halladay said he felt no pressure to make the All-Star team following the trade that brought him to Philadelphia in December.
“There are going to be expectations both ways,” he said. “I’ve always tried to put the focus on the expectations I have for myself. Sometimes those don’t always translate into numbers. Sometimes they do. I felt like if I kept my approach the same and competed the same, I can accept the results one way or the other. I felt like I just needed to stick to what I’ve done.”