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From Elias Sports Bureau:

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.

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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.

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Oswalt Could Be a Fit for Phillies Midseason

So Roy Oswalt‘s agent Bob Garber released a statement yesterday:

“After much thought and careful consideration, Roy has decided to continue to evaluate his options. He is in great health and will continue to stay in shape, while throwing regularly off the mound. Roy has every intention of pitching for a contending club at some point this season.”is waiting to sign with a team, hoping to latch onto a contender midseason.”

Could the Phillies be a fit?

Absolutely.

If something happens to a Phillies starter — Joe Blanton missed most of last season with an injured right elbow, and his health is far from a guarantee — don’t be surprised if he rejoins the Phillies rotation. The Phillies signed a starter pitcher in the middle of the season before (see Pedro Martinez, 2009), so I’m sure they wouldn’t be afraid to do it again. And while there are reports Oswalt prefers Texas or St. Louis, a source tells MLB.com that Oswalt is very much interested in returning to Philadelphia.

It’s certainly something to watch during the season.

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Magic Number: 2

So here’s the deal:

The Phillies can clinch the NL East championship tonight, if they beat the Cardinals and the Mets beat the Braves.

I say, why wait?

Elias Sports Bureau passed along some pretty good stats and such from yesterday’s doubleheader:

  • Cliff Lee has allowed only four earned runs in 64 2/3 innings in his last eight starts. His 0.56 ERA during that stretch is the lowest ERA by a pitcher over any eight-start span in one season in Phillies history and the lowest by a pitcher on any team since 2002, when Pedro Martinez had a 0.47 ERA for the Red Sox over eight starts from July 1-Aug. 10.
  • Ryan Howard ended a 0-for-16 slump with a walk-off double in the 10th inning in Game 2. Howard’s 0-for-16 was the second-longest slump of his career. He went hitless in 23 consecutive at-bats May 14-20.
  • Kyle Kendrick allowed only one run and two hits while striking six batters and issuing no walks in five innings to pick up the win in Game 1. Kendrick has five wins as a starting pitcher this season (one in May, June, July, August and September) and in those five wins he’s given up only three runs and 19 hits in 32 innings, with no more than one run allowed in any one of those wins.

Cliff, we felt your pain last night when you served up that solo homer to Jose Lopez with two strikes, two outs and nobody on the top of the ninth inning in Game 2. We especially felt it in in the pressbox, where the writers had some pretty sweet game stories almost finished. But we’re not mad at you. You’ve kept game times under 3 hours for most of the season, and we’re deeply grateful for that.

As an aside, there was a pretty incredible rainbow that popped up behind the ballpark in between games of the doubleheader. This is a great photo above, but it doesn’t really do it justice. There actually was a bit of a double rainbow for a few minutes, which had me wondering how Double Rainbow Guy is doing.

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Looking for Starting Pitching Depth

Rumors are flying at the Winter Meetings. I’ve had several people ask me in the past 24 hours if the Phillies are the mystery team in pursuit of Cliff Lee.

No, they are not.

Asked yesterday if the Phillies could get creative and add a frontline starting pitcher, like he had suggested in his postseason news conference at Citizens Bank Park, Ruben Amaro Jr. said, “We haven’t closed any doors. If I were a betting man, I would say it’s probably not going to happen because that’s not necessarily our priority. But we can’t close any doors.”

A more likely scenario is the Phillies signing a player to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Bartolo Colon is an interesting name. He is 3-0 with a 0.91 ERA in five starts with Aguilas Cibaenas in Dominican Winter Ball. In 29 2/3 innings he has allowed, 23 hits, four runs (three earned runs), one home run and two walks. He has struck out 26.

Phillies scout Charley Kerfeld has seen Colon pitch for Aguilas, and he gave the Phillies a positive report. But there are a couple big reasons not to sign Colon, too. Remember how Pat Gillick said last week that a player’s makeup is 65 percent of player evaluation? Well, Colon quit on the Red Sox in 2008 and White Sox in 2009. (That’s a pattern.) I’ve got to think that’d be two big strikes against him. But the Phillies also take low-risk, high-reward opportunities, too.

“He would be considered that type of guy,” Amaro said. “But we’re not really on him.”

So don’t go spreading word the Phillies are going to sign Colon. (This isn’t one of those stirring-the-pot-at-the-Winter-Meetings stories.) But the Phillies like to take chances and be creative, so I don’t think I’m too crazy (right? right?! right?!?!?!) for at least asking Amaro about it.

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Halladay Wins Cy Young

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Roy Halladay is the unanimous 2010 National League Cy Young Award winner.

There were 32 votes cast (two votes in each NL city), and Halladay received all 32 first-place votes. He is the 13th unanimous NL winner, receiving a perfect 224 points (seven points for first place, four for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth). The BBWAA expanded the Cy Young Award ballot from three to five pitchers this year.

Halladay is the fifth pitcher in baseball history to win Cy Young awards in both leagues, joining Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens. Halladay previously won the 2003 American League Cy Young with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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20 Phanatic Statues in 6 Minutes

Check this out. It’s pretty cool. I first saw this at The 700 Level, but I figured I’d pass it along. And I know it’s a couple weeks old, but check out their interview with Pedro Martinez.

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Phillies just announced Ryan Howard will begin a rehab assignment tomorrow night with Class A Lakewood. He is scheduled to play Saturday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. If everything goes well I don’t think it’s a stretch he could be activated Sunday against the Nationals. If not then, Monday against the Astros.

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Roy, Oh Roy

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The good news is Roy Oswalt has about 11 more starts to make up for it.

The bad news is it helped cost the Phillies a game in the standings.

In terms of highly anticipated Phillies pitching debuts in the past 12 months, Oswalt offered the least impressive one last night at Nationals Park. He allowed seven hits, five runs, two walks and hit two batters in six innings as the Phillies snapped their eight-game winning streak in an 8-1 loss to fall 3 games behind the Braves in the NL East.

“I think the next start will be a little better tuned,” Oswalt said.

Cliff Lee allowed one run in a complete game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 31, 2009. Pedro Martinez allowed three runs in five innings against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Aug. 12, 2009, his first start since 2008. Roy Halladay allowed one run in seven innings against the Nationals at Nationals Park on April 5.

(J.A. Happ allowed two hits in six scoreless innings in a victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in his Astros debut.)

Oswalt gets his second chance Thursday against the Marlins. He should be a bit more relaxed — Oswalt said he was too amped up — and more comfortable in his surroundings. We’ll see.

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Forget About Pedro in 2010

martinez 0818.jpgIt has been almost exactly a year since the Phillies signed Pedro Martinez.

Don’t expect a 2010 reunion.

Ruben Amaro Jr. said before tonight’s All-Star Game that he spoke yesterday with Martinez’s agent, Fernando Cuza, in the lobby of their hotel in Anaheim. He asked Cuza what Martinez has been doing lately. Cuza told him that Martinez still has not thrown off a mound.

Cross Martinez off the Phillies’ list of potential pitching help for the second half.

Last season Martinez had been on the mound …

“A lot,” Amaro said. “From the WBC on. They’re different circumstances. He had thrown all the way up until now. He hasn’t gotten on a mound. Only Pedro could say when he’d be ready. I’m sure he knows, but I couldn’t tell you.”

Amaro would not say there is zero chance the Phillies bring back Martinez, but you only need to read between the lines to know he won’t be back.

The Phillies have a 3.92 ERA, which ranks sixth in the National League. That is a marked improvement from last season, when the Phillies ranked 14th with a 4.61 ERA at the break. Phillies starters this season have a 3.95 ERA, while Phillies starters last season had a 4.98 ERA at the break.

That does not mean the Phillies aren’t looking for pitching help. They are.

J.A. Happ could help at some point, but they also are looking for help outside the organization. The Phillies optioned Happ to the Triple-A Lehigh Valley earlier this month. He allowed six hits, three runs, three walks and struck out seven in five innings in his last start Saturday.

“He threw OK,” Amaro said. “He’s not quite the same pitcher as he was last year yet, but he’s getting close.”

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OMG! OMG! OMG! Pedro! Pedro! Pedro!

Thumbnail image for martinez 1028.jpgSo I woke up this morning to learn that everybody has Pedro Martinez fever.

Why?

Apparently because Ruben Amaro Jr. said they are not negotiating with Martinez. Confused? Yeah, so am I. During yesterday’s interview at Yankee Stadium, somebody asked Amaro if they were still talking with Martinez. He said they were, but that is nothing new. The Phillies have had an open line of communication with Martinez for months. But Amaro stressed they are not negotiating with Martinez. He also said they don’t even know if Martinez has been throwing. (Not sure about that, but the “not negotiating” part is the important thing here.)

But after a report made it sound like the Phillies were talking about bringing him back, all hell broke loose. The Phillies are waiting for J.A. Happ to come back. They think he will. If he comes back and pitches like they hope he can pitch, there is less need for Martinez. If Jamie Moyer struggles like he struggled last year, then Martinez creeps back into the picture again.

Could Martinez be back with the Phillies at some point this season? It’s possible, but it’s certainly not imminent.

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Chatted for about a minute with Chase Utley yesterday, which is about all one gets. Asked him if he’s been able to put a finger on why he’s been struggling so much the past month. “No,” he said. OK, but he’s certainly aware that whenever he struggles people start wondering if he is hurt. “Of course they do,” he said. So, is he hurt? “As far as I know I’m healthy, yes,” he said.

I’ve been told Utley is healthy, so if that’s true that’s Utley’s way of saying, “I’m tired of these silly questions. Move along.”

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Pedro? Chill

ESPNDeportes.com has a report that the Phillies are negotiating a midsummer return for Pedro Martinez.

Relax, everybody.

I’ve been told the Phillies aren’t actively negotiating a contract, and that nothing has changed since Ruben Amaro Jr. said March 31 that they continue to talk with Martinez’s people, but that nothing is imminent. If a need arises and the Phillies think Martinez can help, they will move on it. But they don’t feel there’s a rush to make it happen. In other words, they’re keeping in contact with Martinez. They’re seeing how he is doing in the Dominican. They’re making sure they’re as informed as possible so if something does happen they’re not starting from scratch.

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Jimmy Rollins‘ MRI is later today. We hope to learn those results today, but we might not until tomorrow. Either way, a MRI following a calf strain indicates something serious.

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I will be signing copies of my Phillies book “The Good, The Bad, & The Uglyfrom 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Borders on S. Broad Street in Center City. (Thanks to WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team for giving the signing a plug.) I hope you can stop by. The Zo Zone is on Facebook and Twitter.

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