Halladay Battles, Wins
You realize once again just how good Roy Halladay is, watching him grind through the heat and humidity today in seven innings at Nationals Park.
Halladay allowed three home runs, but each one was a solo shot.
Halladay is around the strike zone a lot, so he will give up his share of hits. But because he is around the strike zone a lot, he rarely walks anybody, which means it is a rare moment when he gives up those crushing two, three or four-run homers. Those homers didn’t kill him today.
ESPN’s Buster Olney had an interesting look at the usage of National League bullpens. If you’re not an ESPN Insider, here’s the gist: the Phillies could have a fresh bullpen late in the season. The Phillies’ bullpen ranks 15th in the league in innings pitched. Another reason to appreciate the Phillies’ rotation.