Rauuuuuul and Roy
A few things from last night’s game and this week’s sweep over Washington:
- Raul Ibanez entered the series in a 0-for-34 slump. He extended that slump to 35 at-bats following an at-bat in the second inning Tuesday. But Ibanez finished the series 8-for-11 with three doubles, two home runs and five RBIs, raising his batting average from .152 to .214. Nobody knows where Ibanez goes from here, but it’s a good start.
- Roy Halladay is an insane 18-1 with a 1.56 ERA in 19 starts against the National League East since the beginning of last season. Tim Hudson is the only other pitcher to have 10 or more victories against the NL East since last year. He is 10-5. Halladay’s 18 wins are so insane he is tied for second in the NL East in wins from 2008-11. Josh Johnson has 19 wins against the NL East in that span. (Halladay is tied with Hudson, Jair Jurrjens and Jamie Moyer.) Not that you need reminding, but Halladay made only two starts against the NL East from 2008-09 while he pitched for the Blue Jays.
- Halladay vs. John Lannan was a huge mismatch, and Elias Sports Bureau tells us just how bad it was. Halladay had won his last nine decisions against the Nationals/Expos and Lannan had an 0-9 record against the Phillies. Last night was the first time starting pitchers – one on a winning streak of nine or more games against the opposing team and the other on a losing streak of nine or more games against his opponent – faced each other since Sept. 29, 1929, when the Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics played at Braves Field in Boston. A’s starter Lefty Grove had won 13-straight decisions against the Red Sox and Boston starter Red Ruffing had lost 12-straight decisions against the Athletics. Ruffing and the Red Sox beat Grove and the A’s, 10-0, snapping both streaks.