Halladay's Final Tune Up Speaks For Itself – Phillies Nation
2011 Spring Training

Halladay's Final Tune Up Speaks For Itself

Three innings?  No problem.  Three more?  Sure, why not.

Roy Halladay only had to go three innings to show himself and everyone else that he is ready for Opening Day.  This Spring, Halladay has gone off.  I absolutely hate the phrase ‘mid-season form’ and I don’t even think it’s fair to describe the way Halladay is pitching that way. He is just ready.

Doc’s ERA is about as low as my varsity batting average was high.  After not allowing a run in three innings today, his ERA will top out at 0.42 for the Spring.  In 21.2 innings pitched, the 2010 Cy Young winner allowed only one earned run.  Batters were hitting only .182 off him this Spring.  His whip was below one and he averaged almost a strikeout per inning.  He is ready.  And he knows it too.

“I feel good. I feel ready,” Halladay said after the game.  “I’m happy with where every thing is right now and I’m anxious to get going.”

Halladay will have the chance to get it going in just five days throwing the home and season opener for the Phillies April 1st.

The Braves did manage to get a run around on reliever Michael Schwimer.  He allowed the lone run in two innings of work and struck out two.  Brian Rosenburg threw two scoreless innings and Jose Contreras pitched a perfect eighth inning for the hold.  Jordan Ellis allowed a hit and walked two batters but did strike out two and battled through a scoreless ninth to close it out. Phillies pitchers allowed only five hits all game and struck out seven guys in the seemingly easy 6-1 victory.

Raul Ibanez hit his fourth homer of the Spring off Braves’ starter Kenshin Kawakami in the third inning.  Kawakami pitched one more inning and was then dropped from Atlanta’s roster and sent to the minors.  Ryan Howard had two hits, including his fifth homer.  Howard is hitting .292 in the Grapefruit League.  Shane Victorino and Ben Francisco, or Benny Fresh as Jay called him, also had two hits today.

Before the game infielder Josh Barfield and catchers Dane Sardinha and Tuffy Gosewisch to the Phillies minor league camp.

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  1. Lefty

    March 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Halladay is off to such a good start because he had the Ruiz blow up helping choose his sandwiches and shirts all winter.

    • Kieran Carobine

      March 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      Chooch knows all…

    • Tracey

      March 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      HA! I saw that commercial on TV — LOVE IT!!!

  2. DRM

    March 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    “Before the game infielder Josh Barfield and catchers Dane Sardinha and Tuffy Gosewisch to the Phillies minor league camp.”

    Just seems like we could use a verb or two in that sentence.

    • Chuck

      March 28, 2011 at 4:51 am

      What?…. Are you an elementary school English teacher?

  3. Brooks

    March 28, 2011 at 3:02 am

    There have been some pretty outstanding (and steady) performances that warrant a closer look from this spring. How soon will the 25 man roster be determined and are the teams able to move players back and forth between the farm system as needed early on? Are there guidelines that must be followed?

    The reason I ask is that the starting lineup has questions and the answers might not all be on the active roster. Mathieson, Barfield even Zagurski should be close to the phones – if Valdez starts to set records for hitting into the most double plays per atbat, again, will Cholly move? How much of leash are we giving to Baez and Herndon? Even Kendrick for that matter – Stutes (although only 10 innings), could he see some time as well? Castillo, what does he really have for the Phils? and how flexible is he?

    Few more days people, just a few more F$*#@ days!

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