September 2, 2014

Perfect!

I wasn’t going to write anything this weekend, but Roy Halladay would have none of it.

Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in MLB history and the 2nd in Phillies history tonight as the Phillies beat the Marlins 1-0.

I only saw the first 2, and the final innings of the game, so I can’t give an in-depth analysis, but for a performance for the ages, getting too in depth isn’t really necessary.

Bill Lyon of the Inquirer said it better than I could:

He was, by turns, a painter, brushing the outer, unreachable edges of the plate. And he was a surgeon, carving the hitters with cool dispatch.

He made the ball dive and he made it rise.

He pitched up and in, and he pitched down and away.

And everything he threw moved in a different direction save one – straight.

The ball was his with which to do whatever he pleased. He had caught the genie of baseball in a generous mood.

In that case, said Roy Hallaway, I think I’d like to be perfect. You know, for a night.

The only thing that was missing was Harry calling it “and ROY HALLADAY HAS PITCHED A NO-HIT, NO-RUN GAME!”

For trivia purposes, here are all the other Phillies no-no’s.

2010: Roy Halladay (perfect game)
2003: Kevin Millwood
1991: Tommy Greene
1990: Terry Mulholland
1971: Rick Wise
1964: Jim Bunning (perfect game)
1906: Johnny Lush
1903: Chick Fraser
1898: Red Donahue
1885: Charlie Ferguson

And here is a list of the Mets’ no-hitter for comparison:

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Comments

  1. jkay says:

    i listened to the audio-cast on radio. you would think that the umpire was being very liberal with the strike zone that game but watch all 27 outs and see for yourself. no cheapies. he was on.

  2. joof says:

    To bad this was overshadowed by a great Flyers stanley cup game.

  3. Ken Bland says:

    <<To bad this was overshadowed by a great Flyers stanley cup game.>>

    Yeah, to the 35,000 niche fans that the Flyers have turned over and still have after 44 years in business.

    You can’t be serious.  The Flyers got equal billing on the Inky on line edition.

    Sportscenter led with Doc, and followed with the Lakers game.

    The hockey game was terrific, and dramatic, and interesting.

    But to the 1000s of fly by night Flyer fans above and beyond the small percentage of hard core 35,000 (or 50k, or whatever the small percentage is), there wasn’t any overshadowing by any game 1 of any Stanley Cup playoffs..

    Baseball.  Halladay.  2xNL Champs.  The unquestioned foreshadower and lead story.

  4. Ken Bland says:

    The only thing that was missing was Harry calling it “and ROY HALLADAY HAS PITCHED A NO-HIT, NO-RUN GAME!”>>

    Was that part of Lyon’s piece or did Pete add it?  I would guess Lyons wrote it.  Either way, at some point, each individual has to make room for Scott Franzke, and allow phillies identity to be with him.  I’ve expressed positivity for Harry many, many times, and to each their own on associating Phillies dramatics of the future with how he’d have called it, but I thought Scott’s call was typically outstanding.  And that doesn’t even bring terrifically captivating By Saam, Bill Campbell, or before my time Gene Kelly into the picture.  The only call I remember from Bunning’s perfecto was Bob Murphy on Channel 9, NY, but the visual of the Senator pounding his mitt is fresh in my mind like it was 2 hours ago.  I say Kelly was captivating because of personal prejudice as a good friend of his son John.  But By and Soup were great also.

  5. Pete says:

    that was me.

    I love Franzke, I just don’t have a radio in my TV room, and isn’t it off by a couple seconds anyway?

  6. jkay says:

    yeah it is off. by about 7 seconds or maybe even more.
    Gamecast on ESPN even records the location of the next pitch before its even been announced.

  7. Ken Bland says:

    I just don’t have a radio in my TV room>>

    Didn’t dawn on me that maybe you were talking about McCarthy.  I can see missing Harry for that for sure.  The Franzke audio is all over the highlights, I guess I had that engrained.

    This is now 4 runs in 6 games.  It’s getting old. Very old.  

  8. phillyfan says:

    This team is impossible to watch at this point.  This isn’t like their past scoring slumps, which occurred even with Rollins playing.  those slumps were defined more by leaving gads of runners in scoring position.  One or two players were semi-hot and contributing. heck they were still scoring 2-3 runs a game, which for this offense WAS a slump.
    This is a real disappointment that Utley or howard or werth or even victorino can’t come up with the big hits to spark this team.  I am most concerned about Utley – he is already in the slump that doesn’t usually hit till August when he stats getting run down.  He seems to also be striking out more often.  It is safe to say the Ibanez is done as any kind of major contributor.
    Logic says they will get smoked by the Braves. who  must be licking their chops with the division lead there for them, even though they recently had an 8-game losing streak.  That being said, Phils probably win at least one and maybe two, cause well, they just

  9. Joof says:

    Ken Bland

    I couldn’t have paid people to turn the Phils vs Marlins on last night. Ruiz couldve hit 4 home runs and ppl wouldn’t have batted an eye until the morning. You’re telling me that a reg season Phils game in May takes precedence over Game 1 of the Stanley Cup?

    Get out here ;) . And what’s going on with comments like this ”Yeah, to the 35,000 niche fans that the Flyers have turned over and still have after 44 years in business”? I wasn’t talking about ESPN’s national show. I was talking about the ppl here in Philly watching the Flyers in the Finals the same night Halladay picthed a perfect game. Get the chip off your shoulder,bud. The Philies will have their day to shine, again.

  10. jkay says:

    hey whenever there is a choice between  watching a stanley cur final game and watching one of the game’s best pitchers throw a perfect one, i consider it a good thing. to me, we are blessed with an abundance of riches.
    phillyfan: their slump looks real bad, they arent even hitting into hard outs or sumthin. but dont let them make you eat your words; the Phils can turn it with uncanny suddeness.
     
    Werth is nosediving into a slump, Utley looked awful but is picking up, Ibanez may be lost, Victorino is always inconsistent.
    ironically the player i’d trust most with a bat now is actually Ryan Howard.

  11. Jesse says:

    Flyers broadcast  had a 13.2 rating and a 25% share of the Philly TV market Saturday night….I don’t know exactly how that translates into numbers but I’m pretty sure that’s a few more than a nice 35,000 market
     
    Jkay put it perfect…”hey whenever there is a choice between  watching a stanley cur final game and watching one of the game’s best pitchers throw a perfect one, i consider it a good thing. to me, we are blessed with an abundance of riches.”…
    It’s a great time to be a Philly sports fan!

  12. Ken Bland says:

    I’ll repeat my point.  The hockey game did not overshadow the perfecto.

    To say it secured equal interest and billing is quite plausible.

    And ratings have zero to do with disspelling that hockey across the continental 48 has a nice (not nice) market.  The Flyers, like any winner, have drawn a large bandwagon of “fans” that are as into it as if they followed it forever with knowledge and passion.

    Don’t feed me this overshadowed crap for a Game 1 of something that takes place every year versus something that happens 20 times in history, let alone twice in club history.  Equal, ok?  Overshadowed?
    Nonsense.

    Hockey has been down this road many times.  Locally, the Flyers won Cups in the 70s and temporarily stole the city’s collective heart.  The ’80 Olympics caught the nation’s attention.  Same as this years Olympics.  But when all is said and done, a period of time later, the multitude of fair weather fans have returned to their normal lives and hockey is reduced to whatever the number of niche fans it has, be it 35k, or as I suggested in the original piece, whatever number it is.

  13. Ken Bland says:

    Logic says they will get smoked by the Braves. who  must be licking their chops with the division lead there for them, even though they recently had an 8-game losing streak. >>

    You must have had a different conversation with Logic than I have.
    While I’d have expected this slump to have softened in Florida, this can’t go on forever.  We have to be closer to the end than not.  And the lick chopping Braves were all fired up earlier in the year to prove they were the Phils equal in their quest to regain post season entry.  Despite a monumental Ryan Madson induced series opening win in one of the most brutal losses the Phils have endured since time began (Heyward tying HR and a HR in the 10th to win it), the Phils nonchalantly won the next 2.  You’d have thought that loss would have lingered for a while, but like everything else in this game, this slump included, things end, often when you least expect it.

    No question, its a big series.  And that the Phils “big” bats are injury led reduced to being surrounded by some less than stellar players even on their best days doesn’t help, but its a pretty even matchup.  We’ll come home no worse than tied for the division lead.

  14. Ken Bland says:

    Breaking news….

    The Phillies designated pitcher Nelson Figueroa for assignment to make room for Brad Lidge, tweets MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki.  Figueroa, 36, was claimed off waivers from the Mets on April 7th and tallied nine games for the Phils.

  15. jjg says:

    But not braking news …

    Nelson Figueroa hasn’t mattered since his initial arrival in the July ’00 Ed Wade “Horse & Horse’s Ass” desert auction package with Omar Daal, Travis Lee and Vicente Padilla (only shipped Snake with big talent and a pulse … and one of Pete’s favorite all-time Phils). 

    Tony Taylor’s second coming was far worthier, in pinch-hitting production and from a sentimental angle.  Jim Bunning’s, Dick Allen’s, Joe Hoerner’s and Ruben Amaro Jr.’s lent some substance too.  But the ‘best value’ return-to-Philadelphia performance in last 50 years:  RHP Dick Ruthven, 61-41 from ’78-’83.  Runner-up:  Tim McCarver, ’76-’80.  Figueroa’s encore was more like Bobby Del Greco’s of ’65:  noiseless.  

    “I feel good”, chin-stroking Brad Lidge has nearly faded to black during his 2 seasons of rehab yo-yo-ing.  Could it be that Lidge has become 
    the infamous ‘dashboard push-button trans’ Edsel in Phillies’ garage in contrast to the polished and purring Cadillac Fleetwood ragtop that Jose Contreras has imitated of late? 

  16. Ken Bland says:

    Finally, some signs of life here with 4 straight doubles.

  17. joof says:

    Ken Bland

    The perfect game was overshadowed from the get go. Get it? I wish it happened on a  different night. However, the whole area was already tuned into the Flyers before Halladay threw his first pitch. Did you happen to notice groups of ppl in bars and houses watching every sec of the flyers game?

    Why are saying, ppl should ignore the Flyers in the Cup ??

  18. jjg says:

    The ghosts of Joe Lis, Mike Anderson & Mike Ryan would fit seamlessly into Phillies’ offense at the moment.

    “Baby steps” (by multi-millionaire professional hitters) are required to reverse the punchless hitting trend, according to whippersnapper Chris Wheeler.

    Following a good April that showed some improvement, Ryan Howard 
    has reverted to his former stinking first base play.  That his concurrent 
    hitting and fielding slumps have coincided with a large and guaranteed pay raise is a surprising development.  His valley of recent play is fascinating from a psychological standpoint.  ‘Pressing’ seems to be a mild term to express what’s goin’ on.  And the team’s plunge since Howard’s boffo contract extension adds intrigue to the Phillies’ picture.

    Can’t forget about JRo though.  Important piece missing.  And I think Howard plays off of Rollin’s cockiness and optimism a lot. 

  19. Ken Bland says:

    Here’s a view on Jamie Moyer’s prospects for 2011.

    Free Agent Stock Watch: Jamie Moyer
    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [May 31 at 6:02pm CST]
    By the time Jamie Moyer negotiates his next contract, he’ll be 48 years old. He’s older than Ruben Amaro Jr. and a number of other general managers around the majors, but those executives may be calling Moyer up in a few months. Sure, the lefty made his major league debut before players like Pablo Sandoval and Andrew McCutchen were born, but age hasn’t been an obstacle for Moyer before. He signed a Julio Franco-esque multi-year deal back when he was 46.
    Nobody would be interested in Moyer if he were no longer useful, but he can still pitch. His 81 mph fastball doesn’t intimidate anyone, but he relies primarily on off-speed pitches. Plus, Moyer’s fastball has been just as slow for most of the last decade. He doesn’t walk anybody (1.8 BB/9) or strike anybody out (4.5 K/9) and thanks to some good luck on balls in play, he is allowing less than a hit per inning this year. All told, the lefty is averaging more than six innings per start and has a 4.26 ERA.
    That kind of production led to one-year deals worth about $5MM for veteran starters like Doug Davis, Jon Garland and Vicente Padilla last winter. For Moyer to command a similar deal next year, he has to keep pitching well and he has to want to play. He said before the season that he’s open to playing in 2011 and if he keeps pitching like this, major league teams will probably be more than willing to accommodate.

  20. Ken Bland says:

    And the team’s plunge since Howard’s boffo contract extension adds intrigue to the Phillies’ picture.>>

    I read that somewhere else this morning.  I don’t remember the exact date he reupped, or what happened between then and when the Red Sox came to town.  What I definitely remember is this started no later than when we faced these 2 knuckleheads, er, knuckleballers, sorry, in a row.  I’m no hitting coach, but I doubt that was coincidence.

    Today, Charlie gave Werth a day off.  It would have been chancey to give Howard a day off against a right hander, albeit a good one.  But Howard will get a day off soon.  I don’t know that it helps, but it might not hurt.

    I have a suspicion that there’s truth in Howard feeding off Rollins.  They say he’ll be back on June 6.

  21. jjg says:

    I don’t like Moyer but I gotta hand it to him - he’s pitched well so far.  His finger contortions/grips on ball & the concentration of his pitch release in photos are still evidence of a craftsman, albeit one who is liable to get shelled at any moment, though he typically evades big trouble.  The man is earning his paycheck, most relatively speaking of course.  My suspicion:  we’ve seen a maximum output in these first 50 games for the Hawk who just refuses to die.  I wonder if his summer 
    numbers historically increase or decrease.  The matter beyond staff depth and mentoring is this:  Can he be trusted with the horsehided sphere in a MUST WIN game?  

  22. phillyfan says:

    There is really no reason to comment on the Phils anymore.  I am done until they win two an a row.  Really, what is there left to say?  Come on here and whine?  They are an embarrassment right now.  This is nothing like past slumps.
    JJG ripped Howard in an earlier post, but this is nothing new from Howard.  He will still put up big numbers.  If there is blame, I got to drop it at Utley’s feet.  People call him the heart and soul of this lineup, well he is coming up real small.  I have never seen HIM look this lost at the plate.  It is scary how he has seemingly lost it.  Maybe he is the one that will age quickly?  I am tempted to say like others, that his hip is bothering him.  But he is making some pretty good twisting plays in the field.

  23. jjg says:

    Ken Bland,  Re post 20 – if you read my thoughts somewhere else provide the quote and the source.  I was parroting (or pilfering from)no one.  Thank you kindly. 

  24. jjg says:

    Phillyfan,  To “rip Howard” suggests the writing of an unfair view of recent performance realities.  Don’t think I’ve done that.  If adding  
    Utley and Werth as having also been quite lame lately eases your fan-pain, there you have it.  But The Big Paycheck needs to get it in gear.  He’s swinging without discipline.  He’s fielding without concentration.
    He’s playing without urgency.  And he’s bound to make 125 million, no matter what.  And you’re defending his play?  

  25. phillyfan says:

    But The Big Paycheck needs to get it in gear.  He’s swinging without discipline.  He’s fielding without concentration.
    He’s playing without urgency.  And he’s bound to make 125 million, no matter what.  And you’re defending his play?>>
    I am defending no-ones play right now.  But Howard’s slumps are part of his package.  He go the money, as Amaro said, for what HE HAS DONE.  If Howard has a problem, it is trying not to strike out too much since he got the money, trying to turn into a .300 hitter and slap singles to left.  He needs to focus on 200 ks, 45 homers, and 135 RBIs.  The cry of “Howard is undisciplined” is old.   That is the guy this team needs.

  26. phillyfan says:

    IT is a bit of a shame that Halladay is a bit of an afterthought with what Jimenez is doing.  That is the alltime “great year” that we need to track.  Amazing stuff.

  27. jjg says:

    “The cry” is not old if it remains true.

    “Needs to focus on 200 Ks” … I hope you don’t coach little league.

  28. Ken Bland says:

    There is really no reason to comment on the Phils anymore.  I am done until they win two an a row.>>

    Hard to believe that Sunday’s loss snapped a time frame in which they actually won 2 in  a row.

    <<Re post 20 – if you read my thoughts somewhere else provide the quote and the source.  I was parroting (or pilfering from)no one.  Thank you kindly.>>

    No plagerizing either.  I simply meant someone else expressed the opinion that this bad baseball, or whatever we might call it started when RyHo reupped.  I don’t question that.  But what I do remember vividly is it starting with the 2 knuckleballers, and perhaps by coincidence, that’s when Rollins went down again.  Yeah, we did fine without him before, but that was then and this is now.   “Big Paycheck” isn’t pilfering either.  I like that. 
    <<It is a bit of a shame that Halladay is a bit of an afterthought with what Jimenez is doing.  That is the alltime “great year” that we need to track.  Amazing stuff.>>

    While Ubaldo sure seems the real deal, I did still like Jim Tracy’s emphasis of “to this point” in his post game talk saying he’s run out of words for the young man’s excellence and dominance.  At this point, he could win 22 games, and not have been consistently great all year.  That’s how good he’s been through May.

  29. Ken Bland says:

    Pretty classy quotes from Chipper Jones this morning in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution…

    Chipper Jones on the Phillies/first place

    “They’ve had to weather through the first two months of the season a ton of injuries to some very key players and we’ve been the fortunate benefactor, Jones said. “This crew is too focused to worry about where we are in the standings. We’re going out, having fun, we’re just doing our thing. We’re cohesive unit right now, and we’re on a pretty good roll offensively, scoring some runs, giving this pitching staff some support.”

    Jones on first place

    “Teams who win divisions catch a lot of teams at bad times,” Jones said. “You’ve got to take advantage of those opportunities. We catch the Pirates when they’re not playing well, catch the Phillies when they’re not playing well. That’s how you make hay.”

  30. Ken Bland says:

    Wanted to share some thoughts on The Big Paycheck Guy.

    Stars draw talk, particularly home run guys. I haven’t a clue what’s wrong with him. Maybe bad luck, maybe streakiness. I wouldn’t even begin to apply the guesswork that one person has on he’s trying to be a .300 hitter and strikeout less. I just know that to this point, this is not his history.

    I can only tell you this. I don’t know that there is another power hitter that catches as much abuse as any I recall than David Ortiz. Last year, Big Papi was terrible early, and finished with 28/99. He didn’t get started until May 25th or so, so that was a helluva comeback. This year, much the same. April was brutal. Hell, Mike Freaking Lowell pinch hit for him 1 game.

    Papi is a strong contender for May Player of the Month honors.

    During that bad stretch, when Howard reupped, Papi was at his worse, or just off it, and critics of the extension talked about Howard losing power early like Ortiz has, as though it were a given fact and he would finish 2010 with nothing.

    Papi has not lost power. Best guess I have heard was 2 weeks back when a retired player, now batting coach whose name escapes me suggested that Papi had finally adjusted to being pitched to without Manny protection. Adjustments being the key word.

    I suspect its that as much as anything for RyHo. People talk like the Yanks reinvented baseball last year when they pitched him away in the Series. Maybe a tad of truth, but probably overstated. Anyway, as much as anything else, he might be being pitched too differently in a lot of ways, not just away, and might have to make adjustments. Howard strikes me as a really solid guy. Anyone might be demotivated by a financial windfall, but I don’t think that’s it. My guess is he just needs to make adjustments on how he’s being pitched to, and you’ll see some fine power numbers. I don’t think he’s so much trying to be a different hitter as just being challenged differently. It sounds simple, but if there is truth to the above theory on Papi, look how long it took. These aren’t the batting cages, ya know?

  31. Pete says:

    Found this very interesting tid-bit from a Ken Rosenthal article…

    One to watch: Jonathan Singleton, a first baseman for the Phillies at Single A. Singleton, a left-handed hitter, boasts a 1.146 OPS in his first full year of pro ball.

    One scout says Singleton is “the best high school hitter I’ve seen since Ian Stewart in the South Atlantic League . . . and prior to him, Manny Ramirez.”

    Sounds like trade bait; Ryan Howard is under contract through 2016.

    Now – I think this scout is getting a little ahead of himself. Of course Singleton looks great, he’s been on fire – but it has only been 15 games or so.

    It will be interesting to see if they try to move him to a different position. Or if we’ll have another Thome/Howard situation at 1st in 3-4 years.

    Either way, he’s going to shoot up my mid-season top-20 prospect list.

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