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Halladay’s Tough Loss

A few notes from tonight’s 2-1 loss to the Marlins:

  • Roy Halladay outpitched Josh Johnson, but took the loss. It snapped his 13-game winning streak against the NL East.
  • The Phillies had the bases loaded in the second and third innings, but did not score. You knew that would come back to haunt them. Said Jimmy Rollins: “I was like, ‘Damn, that would have been a good way to blow the game open.’” Said Charlie Manuel: “I ain’t worried about what’s coming back to haunt us. I’m worried about scoring some runs and how we play. We had chance there. We didn’t do it. That’s a tough way to lose the game, but it happens.”
  • Halladay walked Johnson with one out in the third inning. Johnson eventually scored. Halladay leads the big leagues with just 1.18 walks per nine innings. It was the first pitcher he walked in his career. Halladay was not happy about it. “I just walked him,” he said. “I don’t know what else to tell you. I didn’t make good pitches. Some close ones, but not strikes. I don’t where to go. It’s definitely frustrating. You can’t afford to do that. Definitely wasn’t real thrilled about it.”
  • Rollins’ error in the eighth led to the winning run. He bobbled the ball and then threw wide to first base on an Omar Infante ground ball. Ryan Howard and Rollins both agreed Infante would have been out had Rollins put the throw on target.
  • The Phillies said Chase Utley has a scheduled day off tomorrow. He is expected to play Thursday in Clearwater with Roy Oswalt and Carlos Ruiz. I’m still guessing here, but I still think we could see Utley back with the Phillies sometime next week.

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Halladay-Johnson IV

It’s Roy Halladay vs. Josh Johnson tonight, and it’s the best pitching matchup of the season so far.

These two have faced each other three times in their careers:

  • June 18, 2006, in Miami. The Marlins beat the Blue Jays, 4-1. Johnson allowed eight hits, one earned run and six walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out 5. Halladay allowed eight hits, four earned runs and two walks in six innings. He struck out seven.
  • May 29, 2010, in Miami. Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in baseball history in a 1-0 victory. He struck out 11. Johnson allowed seven hits, one unearned run and one walk in seven innings. He struck out six.
  • June 10, 2010, in Philadelphia. The Marlins beat the Phillies, 2-0. Johnson allowed three hits and one walk in eight innings. He struck out five. Halladay allowed six hits, one run and one walk in eight innings. He struck out eight.

Since Halladay joined the Phillies, Halladay and Johnson have allowed just one earned run in 32 innings. They have allowed just 15 hits and just three walks. They have struck out 30.

This is must-see-TV tonight.

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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.

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Halladay for Cy Young?

Thumbnail image for halladay 0529 2010.jpgRoy Halladay threw seven scoreless innings last night in a 1-0 victory over the Nationals.

(Sure, the Phillies save all their runs for Halladay, but not Cole Hamels.)

Where does Halladay stack up in the National League Cy Young race? He is 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA. He ranks third in the league in wins and ERA. He ranks first in shutouts (three), complete games (eight), innings (200), strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.20) and perfect games (one).

Other top NL Cy Young candidates include:

  • Ubaldo Jimenez: 17-3, 2.59 ERA
  • Adam Wainwright: 17-7, 2.06 ERA
  • Josh Johnson: 11-5, 2.27 ERA
  • Tim Hudson: 14-5, 2.15 ERA

It’s a tough call. If Halladay had better run support he already would have more than 20 wins — although I’m not a believer that win-loss record indicates how strong a pitcher is. (Case in point: Hamels, who is 7-10). But the entire group I listed is pretty tightly packed, which means the next six weeks could determine it.

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Halladay vs. Johnson Becoming A Rivalry

Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson could be in the early stages of a phenomenal pitching rivalry.

Halladay beat Johnson on May 29, throwing a perfect game in a 1-0 victory at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Johnson allowed one unearned run in the loss. But Johnson threw eight scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory over the Phillies last night at Citizens Bank Park. Halladay allowed just one run in eight innings.

Johnson is 2-1 with a 0.44 ERA (one earned run in 20 2/3 innings) in three career starts against Halladay. Elias Sports Bureau said that is the lowest ERA against Halladay amongst pitchers with at least three starts against him.

Halladay is 1-2 with a 1.96 ERA (five earned runs in 23 innings) against Johnson.

Elias also said Thursday’s rematch was the first time a pitcher who threw a perfect game faced the same opposing pitcher with the same team in the same season since Sandy Koufax faced Bob Hendley in 1965. Koufax threw his perfect game Sept. 9 in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, but Hendley threw a four-hitter to beat Koufax five days later in Chicago at Wrigley Field.

Hendley allowed just one hit in nine innings in the loss to Koufax.

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