Posts Tagged ‘Roy Halladay’

Phillies Crushed by Mets, 11-3

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, August 29, 2013 04:24 PM Comments: 20



The Phillies were absolutely crushed by the Mets Thursday afternoon. Ethan Martin lasted four innings while giving up three runs, but the bullpen lost control of the game in the later innings. The offense was only able to scrape one run across in the first seven innings (on a sac fly by Darin Ruf), and the Phillies lost 11-3.


Ethan Martin is struggling. In his last start, he did not make it out of the first inning. Today, he allowed three runs in four innings. And it only got worse from there. He was relieved by Cesar Jimenez, who allowed three more runs in less than two innings. Justin De Fratus then relieved Jimenez, and he proceeded to allow four runs in one inning of work. And just for kicks, J.C. Ramirez gave up a run, too. It was tough to watch. The lone bright spot is that Martin looks like he can really rack up the strikeouts. He had nine today in four innings, which brings his total to 32 in 25.1 IP this year.


With the exclusion of the Roger Bernadina home run in the eighth inning, the Phillies offense was REALLY quiet today. Doubles by Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz were the only other extra base hits. The team had seven hits total. They were facing a guy that, in his last appearance as a starter, was annihilated by the Washington Nationals. I would’ve expected more from the Phillies offense today.


The Phillies head to Chicago tomorrow for another day game with Roy Halladay and Jeff Samardzija getting the call.


Why Rush Halladay Back?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, August 26, 2013 11:00 AM Comments: 27

http://l.yimg.com/iu/api/res/1.2/fj1BfdqEzacpjwJbVIlmnw--/YXBwaWQ9eXZpZGVvO2NoPTg2MDtjcj0xO2N3PTY1NztkeD0yO2R5PTE7Zmk9dWxjcm9wO2g9ODU7cT0xMDA7dz02NQ--/http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/i/us/sp/v/mlb/players_l/20130405/6134.1.jpgWith the ink barely drying on the tale of Roy Halladay‘s successful comeback start against the Diamondbacks, I’m here to suggest something pretty outrageous. The serendipitous aligning of the stars that allowed Halladay to pitch on Sunday was long ago a plan written in ink, Whited Out, and then put back down in Sharpie.

The detour came last Tuesday night, when Doc threw only 52 of 90 pitches for strikes and didn’t figure into the decision for the Lakewood Blue Claws. He didn’t have the gas, or the control, of a Major League pitcher that night. But Saturday’s 18 inning marathon against the Diamonbacks forced the Phils to use Sunday’s probable starter Tyler Cloyd and left a situation Doc had wanted for weeks, if not months.

Halladay told our Jay Floyd and other media members Tuesday that his goal was to pitch with the Phillies on Sunday. There are a number of reasons he would want to do that including the obvious fact that Halladay is pitching for a contract for 2014. The not so obvious reason Halladay has come back? Because a comeback yesterday allows Halladay to get in two starts before the waiver-trade deadline on September 1 to audition for a contender.I’m not suggesting a conspiracy allowed Doc to throw yesterday but rather that Halladay got a much needed quality start to keep open the small-but-real possibility that the Phillies could deal him to a contender to chase a ring in 2013.

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Doc’s Comeback Results in Series Win Over D’Backs

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, August 25, 2013 06:22 PM Comments: 12

Roy Halladay returned to the mound for the Phillies on Sunday afternoon, under 12 hours after the conclusion of Saturday’s 18 inning marathon. His return, and results for that matter, were a pleasant surprise: Halladay used precision to navigate six innings against Arizona, pitching the Phillies to a 9-5 win.

Halladay Sharp

Halladay maxed out at 89 MPH today, but gave up just four hits and two walks through six innings, limiting the Diamondback damage to just two runs, both earned.

Halladay’s outing began with reason for fans to hold their breath: the lead-off hitter, Tony Campana, started the game with a lead-off triple. The next batter, Adam Eaton, followed with an RBI single. But Halladay settled in, including a stretch of seven straight retired.

Diekman Sharper

Diekman entered the game on a tear: from July 31 until today, Diekman had help opponents to a .158 BAA with a 2.25 ERA. Diekman finished the game for the Phils in the ninth, pitching a perfect frame, racking up two strikeouts, lowering his ERA for 2013 to 3.18.

Bats Get Hot to Support Halladay

With a line-up that featured six players ending the day with batting averages between .178 and .248, the Phillies attacked Diamondbacks pitching early and often. The Phils responded to a 1-0 first inning deficit in the bottom half with a Darin Ruf RBI single and two-run double from Cody Asche. Kevin Frandsen followed Asche with an RBI ground out.

With the game now 4-2, John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer, scoring Frandsen, in the fourth. Chase Utley made the game 7-2 with an RBI single with the bases loaded as a pinch hitter off of starter Patrick Corbin  in the sixth, followed by a two-run double by Roger Bernadina off of  Heath Bell. The onslaught of offense pinned nine runs, eight earned on second-year starter Patrick Corbin’s ERA 0.35 points.

Transactional Odds and Ends

To make room for Halladay, the Phillies optioned starter Tyler Cloyd to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phils also optioned reliever Luis Garcia (5.59 ERA) and replaced him with J.C. Ramirez. Ramirez had a poor eighth inning, today, giving up one walk and four hits, including a three-run A.J. Pollock homer.

The Phillies wrapped up their nine game homestand against the NL West with a 6-3 mark, including four walk-off wins. They travel to Citi Field tomorrow to start a four game set against the Mets.



18-inning Marathon Results in Early Return For Doc

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, August 25, 2013 06:15 AM Comments: 33


Roy Halladay, Image- Jay Floyd

Righty hurler Roy Halladay, who was slated to appear in another rehab outing for Double-A Reading on Sunday will return to the big league club instead, following a marathon of baseball Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

In Saturday night’s (Sunday morning’s?) 12-7 defeat at the hands of the Diamondbacks, the Phillies sent nine pitchers and two position players to the mound to make it through the lengthy affair. Starter Ethan Martin could not escape the opening frame, as he allowed three hits, three walks and three earned runs. Over the 4 2/3 innings that followed, Luis Garcia and Zach Miner allowed a combined four earned runs. The remainder of the relief corps including Cesar Jimenez, Justin De Fratus, Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekman and B.J Rosenberg combined for 6 2/3 scoreless innings while Sunday’s originally scheduled starter Tyler Cloyd was called upon to toss five scoreless frames.

As the need to use Cloyd approached, the Phillies dugout got in touch with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. to consult him on the possibility of having Halladay return to Philly, instead of taking the mound in Reading on Sunday. The GM obliged and Cloyd was used in relief to begin the 12th inning with no end in sight.

In Halladay’s most recent rehab effort on Tuesday, the 36-year-old, who has been out of action since May following shoulder surgery, allowed seven hits while striking out four and walking three in six innings for Class A Lakewood. He threw 90 pitches, 52 of which were strikes, in that effort and gave up two runs, although only one was earned.

In his nightly press conference Phils manager Ryne Sandberg confirmed that with the taxed bullpen, the team anticipated adding a rested relief pitcher to the mix on Sunday prior to the team’s 1:35 PM series finale against Arizona. Cloyd, who threw 91 pitches, and Rosenberg, who pitched three straight days, are the likely candidates to be demoted.

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Projecting the 2014 Starting Rotation

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, August 23, 2013 03:00 PM Comments: 18

http://l.yimg.com/iu/api/res/1.2/HF5iifnX9ej7tQKcmEeO1Q--/YXBwaWQ9eXZpZGVvO2NoPTg2MDtjcj0xO2N3PTY1NztkeD0yO2R5PTE7Zmk9dWxjcm9wO2g9ODU7cT0xMDA7dz02NQ--/http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/i/us/sp/v/mlb/players_l/20130405/8053.1.jpgKyle Kendrick had the Rockies on their heels last night through the first five innings, allowing just one earned by locating his fastball and getting hitters to make weak contact on his cutter. The wheels came off for Kendrick in the sixth: he allowed three runs without getting an out. A three-run shot by Wilin Rosario was the knockout blow.

Last night’s performance by Kendrick was a microcosm of his season: flashes of him taking the next step followed by moments of hard regression. Kendrick, by any measure, is having a career year: likely to reach a career high in innings pitched, Kendrick has career lows in BB/9 IP, HR/9 IP, HR/FB, FIP, and xFIP for full seasons, has already reached a career-high 1.6 fWAR, and is averaging almost a half strikeout more per nine innings pitched versus his career average. Entering June, Kendrick appeared to be a fringe All-Star candidate. Exiting July, a non-tender candidate. After last night? Who knows.

Kendrick’s performance is especially important when making decisions related to 2014. Kendrick is arbitration eligible after 2013, making $4.5 million this year and likely due for a raise in 2014. Kendrick is joined by John Lannan, who is also arbitration eligible after this season and is currently making $2.5 million, and Roy Halladay as pitchers the Phillies relied on to be in the starting rotation for 2013 who have a large series of question marks surrounding them.

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Halladay Says Comments on Manuel “Lost in translation”

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, August 21, 2013 05:05 PM Comments: 8

halladaySomething didn’t seem right. Roy Halladay has never been the kind of person to throw a manager or coach under the bus. He’s one of the most thoughtful players I’ve come across and last night’s comments seemed out of the ordinary for him.

Halladay cleared the air with the media today.

Here are yesterday’s comments following his start at Lakewood. Below are today’s:

“I’ve exchanged texts with Charlie,” Halladay said after pitching six innings in a minor-league rehab game Tuesday night. “Obviously, I loved him. He was great. But from what I’ve seen, Ryne [Sandberg] came in and made some changes and addressed some issues that I think were being overlooked. So from that standpoint, as much as I miss Charlie, I think that Ryne’s going to do a good job and I think he’s going to bring back a little more of the Phillie baseball style than we’ve had the last couple of years. You know, we really haven’t had that whole team effort and the whole team hustle that I think we’ve had in prior years.”

“Just different things,” he said. “Guys being in places on time. Being on the field on time. Taking ground balls, taking extra BP, and all those little things that nobody thinks makes a difference.

“So I think [Sandberg] has been very good so far. But, again, I don’t want to take anything away from Charlie. We all respected him tremendously. You know, I think he’s going to have the choice of what he wants to do at this point in his life, so I’m happy for him.”


Today’s comments:

“I felt like what was said necessarily wasn’t written. And I just want to make it well known that I have a lot of respect for Charlie. There were some articles put out that offended me and I’m sure offended Charlie. I called him today and talked to him about it. We’ve been in a lot of contact since he’s left. I loved playing for him, he was a great manager and everybody here loved him; the players loved him, and he was a lot of the reason they won the World Series here. I just want to make that point clear.

I was also trying to say that I feel like if there’s somebody that’s going to replace a guy like that, it’s gonna be a Ryne Sandberg type of person with the experience that he carries and everything else. But I really felt like a lot was lost in translation with respect to Charlie. I just want to make that clear, that I don’t endorse any managers firing. That’s the players who get managers fired.

Anytime a manager is fired you feel like you haven’t done your job. Really, that’s it. I just want to make sure that the air is clear there. And I talked to Charlie and we’re good. But I wanted him to know that I really enjoyed playing for him and as far as managers have gone, he’s the best I’ve ever been around. I really enjoyed the time with him.

On the same token, I look forward to working with Ryne, too. Really that’s about it. I think I saw one title that said I endorsed the firing of Charlie Manuel, and that really bothered me. Just wanted to make sure that we were all clear.”


Opinion: It seemed to me that Halladay was calling out his teammates more than anything. Everyone knows his level of respect for Manuel is through the roof and it’s not in Halladay’s nature to rip a guy that he has played for.

On a side note, Halladay will pitch Sunday at Double-A Reading.


Halladay Puts Stamp of Approval on Phils Managerial Switch

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, August 21, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 16

Roy Halladay, image- Jay Floyd

Roy Halladay completed a moderately fair rehab effort with the Phillies’ Class A club on Tuesday night and did so with no ill effects.  However, the biggest story out of Lakewood, NJ may have been that the ace right-hander seemed to declare that the recent switch at the managerial position for the big league team was long overdue.

Immediately following an assertion of adoration for fired Phils skipper Charlie Manuel, the 36-year-old hurler told a crowd of reporters that there were issues that had been neglected and he knows that the man who replaced Manuel after nine seasons, Ryne Sandberg, has already begun repairing the problems.

“I’ve exchanged texts with (Charlie).  Obviously, I loved him.  He was great,” Halladay stated.  “But, from what I’ve seen, you know, Ryne came in and made some changes and addressed some issues that I think were being overlooked, so from that standpoint, as much as I miss Charlie, I think that Ryne’s going to do a good job.  I think he’s gonna bring more of the Phillie baseball style that we’ve had the last couple years.  You know, we haven’t really had that whole team effort and the whole team hustle that we had in prior years.”

The implication is clearly that Manuel had grown complacent in his position of supervision over the roster. Aside from a lack of hustle, which has long been a concern with certain players on the Phillies, what specifically were the other matters at hand? Continue reading Halladay Puts Stamp of Approval on Phils Managerial Switch


Phillies Find Themselves Back in the Loss Column

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, August 20, 2013 11:59 PM Comments: 3

It was a nice winning streak while it lasted (a whole two games).  The Colorado Rockies defeated the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday.

The Rockies got to Tyler Cloyd quickly.  Troy Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario homered off him in the first and third innings respectively.  Cloyd lasted six innings, surrendering five earned runs.  Cloyd settled down after the third, but the Rockies provided the damage early.

The Phillies made some noise in the bottom of the third inning, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Jorge De La Rosa limited them to three runs (two earned).

The good news was that Zach Miner and Cesar Jimenez threw a combined three scoreless innings out of the Phillies bullpen.

Halladay Makes Rehab Appearance

Roy Halladay pitched six innings in Class-A Lakewood.  He allowed two runs (one earned) and seven hits.  He walked three and struck out four.   Halladay averaged 87 mph on his fastball, but touched 89 mph early on.  Out of his 90 pitches, 52 were strikes.


Quick Hits: Halladay, Cloyd, Valdes

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, August 20, 2013 10:00 AM Comments: 8

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To replace the injured John Lannan, Tyler Cloyd has been summoned from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Cloyd is 3-1 in his last five starts with a 1.66 ERA and a .172 BAA for the IronPigs and had a 3.41 ERA in six prior starts with the Phillies in 2013. In a corresponding move, Raul Valdes has been optioned to Triple-A. In 17 appearances with the Phillies in 2013, Valdes has a 7.46 ERA.


Halladay Tosses 6 Innings with GCL Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, August 15, 2013 03:01 PM Comments: 11

halladayRoy Halladay took a huge leap forward in his progression following shoulder surgery three months ago to the day. In Clearwater, with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, Halladay tossed six innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out four, throwing 87 pitches.

There has been no word on what kind of velocity was behind his fastball, although I’m sure we’ll know that information in the coming hours. According to Chris Branch of the Wilmington News Journal, some onlookers tweeted he was mostly in the mid-80′s.

If Halladay and the Phillies are happy with the start, the next move could be to Lehigh Valley as they will be home when his turn in the rotation takes place Tuesday. The Phillies have said Halladay could need as few as two starts before returning to the major leagues. That said, if he’s only in the 80′s with his fastball against teenagers in the GCL, maybe a few more starts to get his endurance back to normal levels wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

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