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Phils Can’t Sweep, Halladay Exits Early

You see, he's not a machine. He's a man.

A pinch hitter?  In the third inning?

A collective holding our breathe made its way from St. Louis to Virginia Beach all the way up to Philadelphia as Pete Orr came in to hit for Roy Halladay in the top of the third inning.  Halladay pitched only two innings.  He gave up a grand slam to Yadier Molina in the first inning.  That’s not the reason.

Not much of a Halladay – Halladay exited the game as a precaution to tightness in his right shoulder.  It was his shortest outing since July last season when he lasted only four innings due to the heat in Chicago.  The month of May has just been awful for the Phillies ace.

Halladay has given up 24 earned runs in just over 35 innings this month.  That’s a 6.11 ERA in May compared to 1.95 in April.  We can hope this is just soreness and nothing is seriously wrong.  But those of us who have been watching him carefully fear the worse, as always.  Halladay will be reevaluated this week.

A good run it was – The Phillies came in to today’s game looking to sweep the Cardinals in a four game set in St. Louis for the first time since 1913, or something like that.  The four run hole in the first inning didn’t help the cause.

Juan Pierre did his best collecting three of the 11 Philadelphia hits from the number two spot in the lineup.  Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz added two hits a piece.  Joe Savory, working a couple innings of relief, actually got to swing the bat which was his first Major League at bat.

So in the end the Phillies dropped the game 8-3 and thus ending their four game win streak.  I like streaky when it’s in the win column.  Let’s hope for another run of games this week.

No one likes trailing – The Phillies have not won a game this season when trailing after the seventh inning.  They have only won three out of 19 games when behind in the sixth inning.

This team is showing signs of life and I think they are on the right track.  The Roy Oswalt and Kevin Youkilis rumors mean the front office still wants to win so that’s also good.  This team can still make it.  Have faith.  Go Phillies.

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  1. Jeff Dowder

    May 27, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    The Dodgers are in on Oswalt as well with the recent Lilly injury.

  2. Jobin

    May 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    A collective holding our breathe? Geez, man. That sentence doesn’t make any sense. A complete structural meltdown.

    • George

      May 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      That’s not the only error, just the most egregious. I know these things are rushed, but I wish they weren’t quite so sloppy.

      • EricL

        May 28, 2012 at 12:33 am

        No offense to anyone here in particular, but the quality of the writing has really dipped as Pat and Corey are writing less and less (the loss of Baumann, who is a superb writer–even if you disagree with some of the things he said–is also a contributing factor). I understand they have other commitments, but a lot of the contributors they’ve added or allowed to fill their void are making egregious mistakes, often by trying to write above their competency level. Just stick to simple words and phrases correctly; using more complicated syntax that you don’t have a complete grasp of doesn’t impress anyone.

      • grismundo

        May 28, 2012 at 1:05 am

        I’d gladly write for them, but I don’t think the anger and frustration in some of my pieces would be popular on this site.

      • Chuck A.

        May 28, 2012 at 6:18 am

        Maybe they could hire my 4th grade English teacher to help them out. I remember her as a real stickler for proper grammar. Of course, I’m pretty sure she’s dead now as she was old when I was in the 4th grade and that wasn’t just yesterday.

      • Stuart

        May 28, 2012 at 8:48 am

        I have been saying this for 4 or 5 different articles. It amazes me some of these guys can write articles on this highly popular blog without even proof reading, and if they are proof reading, that scares me. All these articles are poorly written.

      • George

        May 28, 2012 at 10:17 am

        EricL: I respectfully disagree on Baumann. His grammar skills were there, but he was prone to ridiculous analogies and pomposity. He always seemed to me to believe he was God’s gift to this site. A superb writer doesn’t deliberately write to try to impress people. Baumann was okay only, and if one didn’t have knowledge of some of his arcane comparisons, he could be annoying and to some, unintelligible.

        Stick to simple words and phrases; that I can agree with.

        (By the way, I find that your own writing is very good. I don’t always agree, but there’s quality in your prose. Your words aren’t always simple, but they are well chosen and used properly. You also have a knack for injecting a bit of levity into a discussion.)

  3. George

    May 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I particularly liked”Joe Savory” and I’m quite sure that should Joe see that, he would, too. Some of his pitches probably did look rather appetizing to the Cards, but “Savory” should generally be reserved for descriptions of things like coffee.

  4. Lefty

    May 28, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Only here at PN would the focus of the comments be on grammar and proofreading when
    Roy f’n Halladay has shoulder pain. Um, Hello?!?

    I would also add to what Don M. said last week. They write for no pay, so either throw your hat in the ring, or curb the criticism please.

    • George

      May 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      1. Halladay’s shoulder has been and will continue to be scrutinized thoroughly in comments on other posts.
      2. No pay is a poor excuse. This post was absolutely abominable. Most people’s text messages are more readable than this mistake-ridden piece. It takes maybe five extra minutes to check for errors in such a short article. As far as curbing criticism, there would be no improvement without some of it.

      I’d like to add that people don’t get paid for their comments, either, yet most of them are better written.

    • Tracey

      May 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      I’m not usually one to complain about grammar mistakes, but this article was so poorly written that I had trouble even understanding what the writer was trying to say.

      As for throwing hats into the ring… I would gladly throw my hat in as a proofreader, but I doubt they’re willing to delay publication long enough for me to give the posts a once-over

  5. TheDipsy

    May 28, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Don M – Did you stop writing? Shoulder soreness – thats nothing nothing. They are going to shut him down. Its obvious that he’s had it for a while. In order of probability – tendinitis (I hope), strained rotator cuff, small tear in rotator cuff, torn or “frayed” labrum (“labia” is not plural for “labrum”, fyi)

    The Dipsy

    • Ryne Duren

      May 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

      dipsy i hope it’s just a “labia” problem! i think he could work around that!

  6. TheDipsy

    May 28, 2012 at 11:01 am

    *”thats not nothing”

    The Dipsy

  7. Lefty

    May 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Oh it’s something. We don’t know what yet, but he has not been right.

    • Ryne Duren

      May 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

      lefty unfortunately i think it’s a rotator cuff. i’m hoping it’s not but we’ve seen this before. i remember your namesake lefty went through this.. lower velocity, some command, then the hits came more frequently, you know! i cringe at the thought of losing doc for the year. that would be devastating!

      • Lefty

        May 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

        Yeah but Lefty was 41 when it happened, not 35 like Doc. Anyway, I’m trying not hit the panic button just yet. Let’s see what happens.

  8. Lefty

    May 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I know most people are resistant to these charts, but they do serve a purpose and they are pretty spot on.

    No green dots in 2012 show that he is clearly avoiding throwing the four seamer. And velocity is down on most of his pitches.

  9. Jeff Shear

    May 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    There’s general agreement here that Doc hasn’t been right since spring training. But, like number 32, he’s an intense guy. Recall the chatter about his training regimen? That may be the problem. Athletes can overtrain and get stale. Example: No olympic athlete would train hard before an event. Nor would a runner. (They’d be loading carbs.) But, until now, Doc’s intense training regimen has worked for him. But at age 35, things have to be changing, which is why I think he may be stale. I’d love to see the video of his mechanics from last season side-by-side with this season. As I recall, he looked tighter last season, more “bunched” as he started pushing from the rubber toward the plate (and bringing back his arm). This year he looks “loose”; he’s lifting his arms out wider; and he’s opening up sooner. Of course, he could be compensating for soreness. No doubt. But he also may be stale. Or both. (My reading is that Doc is one tough, stubborn dude, emphasis on stubborn.) I’d be curious about his training. Is he doing the same ritual he did at age 30? (Probably). Age brings change, and great pitchers change with age. Doc should throttle back. If he’s stale, he’s definitely going to lose something off his pitches… as Lefty’s charts show. (Actually, I see the charts as a good sign. If he were hurt, the velocity fall off would be more dramatic. But that’s just me spitballing.) Back to the staleness theory. No boxer (yeah, I’m still into boxing), would come into a fight overtrained. Training tapers off before a fight. Fighters get stale. Why not pitchers? And why not 35-year-old pitchers? Why not stubborn — “I’ll do it my way” — pitchers like Doc?

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