The Good Doc

Roy HalladayRoy Halladay won the 200th game of his career this afternoon at Marlins Park.

Obviously, it was an eagerly anticipated win considering his struggles since last season.

Here are some highlights of Halladay’s postgame interview in the clubhouse:

QUESTION: After your struggles last season, this spring and the first two starts this season, how good did it feel to have teammates give you a bottle of champagne to celebrate your 200th win?
HALLADAY: I think more than anything, I had been putting a lot of pressure on myself. To get in there and really, my plan the whole week was to worry about the game and not worry about what was going on internally. I felt like that made a big difference. We got a couple of base hits. And in the past, in the last few starts, I felt like those guys would get on and instead of internally thinking, ok this is my plan, this is what I’m going to do, it’s like, well, you start thinking about the game and things you can’t control. To me that was a big difference and that was a big focus for me this week, to really try to focus on things that I could control. Thing are going to happen, hits are going to happen and guys are going to get on base, but most importantly, I have to stay with my plan, I can’t get caught up in things going on around me, whats going on on the bases, what the score is, things like that, I have to be able to be more narrow with my mindset about making pitches period, that’s my job. I think in the past I’ve tried to really control too much and do too much and worry about too much. I felt like today that plan was simpler: execute pitches one at a time and not worry about whats going on. And that made it good.

QUESTION: Do you feel like you can stay simple?
HALLADAY: Yeah, there are a lot of things you can’t control. And for some reason I felt like I had to control those things. I’ve never been that way and for some reason coming in I felt like I had to prove that I was healthy. I had to prove that I was effective. There were a lot of things that I had no control over, but were getting in the way of going out and making pitches. Really, my focus this whole was week was what’s my job? How can I help us? How can I do my job effectively and not get caught up with everything else going on?

QUESTION: Do you feel like pressure is off and you can breathe a little?
HALLADAY: I feel like the things that we set out to do, simplifying, making pitches, to see those things work, to see those things come together, gives you confidence and let’s you know that this is the right way to go about it. This is the way I’ve always done it, and this is why I need to get back to. So for me, to be able to go out and do that, I think that’s something I can carry over and worry about controlling my part of the game and everything else. The stuff out of my control is out of my control.

QUESTION: You’re a pretty low-key guy. Did you feel like going into a back room and yelling a little?
HALLADAY: No, I want to win a World Series, and that’s why I’m here. That’s why I want to play. The personal milestones are great. My wife, my family — they are all excited about it. But the ultimate goal is to get to the playoffs and win a World Series, and when that happens I’m going to go in the back room and yell.

QUESTION: The Marlins are a young team. They have been struggling to score runs and they were without Giancarlo Stanton. How confident are you the positives from today can continue against a tougher team like the Cardinals on Friday?
HALLADAY: Yeah, the biggest thing is to throw strikes early in the count, get ahead, mix pitches and throw them for strikes. That’s something I hadn’t done against either of the other two teams. You’re right, they haven’t scored as many runs and Stanton isn’t in there offensively, so they haven’t been as good. But I feel like if I can make pitches confidently and early in the count, I can be successful.

11 Comments

Gotta love Doc.

Hey PenisPain, we are missing your insight over on the Braves Blog. Please come back, it’s time for your medicine.

Congratulations to Doc for victory #200, something becoming more rare in the age of pitch counts.

If it weren’t for pitch counts, Doc probably would have been gone a long time before he could have commanded $20 million a year as would most pitchers pulling down similar salaries today.

Yeah right. Then why did so many guys before pitch counts have no problem pitching 300 innings a season? Carton was the last guy to do it (1980), but before that it was commonplace.
the Carltons, Jenkins, Roberts and Drysdales of the world laugh at these guys. They start coddling them as kids and they never go past a certain threshold. The reason Maddux and Glavine were so effective until their late 30′s is because they threw all the time.

Again, phan52, you blow smoke. Jenkins pitched till he was 40. He was 28 the last season he pitched 300 innings. Drysdale pitched his last 300 inning season when he was 28 and retired at age 32. Roberts pitched his last 300 inning season when he was 31 and retired at age 39. Carlton only pitched more than 300 innings twice in his 24 year career. So what are in talking about? Do you want to throw out some more names for scrutiny?

pherrris, 300 was just a number and I just threw out some names. It was commonplace. Complete games, hundreds of innings. Look how many innings they pitched on a regular basis. Nobody comes close today. Bunch of softies.

Congrats to the Good Doctor! Well deserved. Hopefully this is the start of a better season for him.

Charlie screwed up last night. Why Horst? It’s the eighth inning of a tie game, you go to the horses (Aumont, Bastardo, Adams, Papelbon). He had time to warm somebody else up after Chase’s shot to tie the game.

i am not knocking doc for getting his 200th win against the high flying marlins. doc was one of the best and will be in the hall of fame one day. but lets face it miami has a starting lineup that is pathetic and even more pathetic without stanton being in the starting lineup.

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