“Roy Halladay allowed a run and five hits over seven innings and earned a 7-1 victory over the Marlins, lifting his career won-lost record to 190-92 (.674). Halladay became only the 10th pitcher in major-league history to reach the 190-wins mark with 92-or-fewer losses. The only other pitchers to do that in the post-World War II era were Whitey Ford in 1963 (who was 190-74), Juan Marichal in 1969 (190-87) and Pedro Martinez in 2005 (190-78).”
I’m guessing the six pitchers to achieve this feat before the World War II era had nicknames like Old Hoss, Three Fingers, Old Pete and Big Train.
Freddy Galvis had a memorable night. The rookie has two of the team’s seven extra-base hits and four of the team’s 15 RBIs through five games.
I like the fact Charlie Manuel stuck with Monday’s lineup, despite the offense not producing. Sometimes folks don’t appreciate the mental aspect of the game — how a constantly changing lineup or a benching of a player or two can ruin confidence.
I guess this is far from an upset, but Phillies starters have a 1.67 ERA, which is the best mark in baseball.
Now if the offense can just keep up …
The tweet of the season so far comes from Double-A Reading outfielder Jiwan James, who showed his MacGyver-like skills putting up a shower curtain.
James is off to a hot start, so I think he should keep that look for a while.
Jim Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here!
Here are our upcoming book signings:
- April 26: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.
- April 29: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
- May 10: Tredyfrrin Public Library in Stafford, PA, 7:30 p.m.
- June 2: Citizens Bank Park, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.