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Random observation from the Phillies-Cards game

May 6, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

I’ve only been watching it sporadically, but I think it’s worth noting that when Roy Halladay faced Albert Pujols in the top of the third (a) Roy Halladay worked fast; and (b) Albert Pujols didn’t step out of the box between pitches.

Given that those two are the absolute best at what they do on the planet, there’s probably a lesson in there somewhere.

  1. DANimal - May 6, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Hi Craig. Did you also notice during Pujols’ last at-bat that ‘ball 4′ should have been ‘strike 3?’ Inside? No. High? No. Halladay was visibly frazzled after the whole thing.

  2. BC - May 6, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Unfortunately for every Roy Halladay, there’s a Steve Traschel. When he pitched for the Mets, I always knew the beer vendors would be open for an extra hour. He was SLOW.

  3. sjp - May 6, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Danimal, luckily you can find such information online. The 6th pitch of the AB to which you refer was outside: http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/pfx.php?s_type=3&sp_type=1&batterX=44&month=05&day=06&game=gid_2010_05_06_slnmlb_phimlb_1%2F&year=2010&pitchSel=136880&prevGame=gid_2010_05_06_slnmlb_phimlb_1%2F
    However, I did notice that when Rasmus struck out looking earlier in the game the pitch was clearly outside and Halladay wasn’t frazzled at all by getting that call.

  4. Jonny5 - May 6, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Woo Hoo!! 3 of 4 games taken from the Cards!!! Next!

  5. Causation without representation - May 6, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Well, unless you are willing to say that the reason they are the best at what they do is because they work fast/ don’t step out, then actually, there is no lesson.

  6. YankeesfanLen - May 6, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    So the game takes 2:54 anyway. Would the horsemeat and Velveeta have boiled over if it took an extra half hour?

  7. Doug - May 6, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Oh no! Who’s going to drive Tony home after this series? Wouldn’t want him to drown his sorrows and pass out at a stop sign again.
    Go carDUInals! The ONLY team to play the game correctly!

  8. Utley's hair - May 6, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Longer games tend to happen when a guy with control as precise as Halladay is squeezed enough to walk three and throw 45 “balls.” The umping in this series was horrendous–benefitting and costing both sides–starting with the zone. The difference today was Halladay needed to throw as many pitches in a seven-inning outing as he did in a complete game against the Mutts.

  9. Utley's hair - May 6, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Bring on Bobby Cocks and Craig’s Heyward-less Braves.

  10. Bobomo - May 6, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    sjb – tinyurl.com. Learn it. Use it.

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