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Breaking down Roy Halladay’s gem

Apr 6, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

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As you may have heard (or even watched), Roy Halladay pitched eight innings of two-hit ball in the Phillies’ shutout of the Pirates on Opening Day. Corey Seidman has broken down the entire outing over at, even noting how Halladay was stellar despite some diminished velocity:

His cutter averaged 89 miles per hour and his two-seamer was 90. Last season, his cutter was 91 and his two-seam fastball was 92. In 2010, Halladay’s first year with the Phillies, his cutter was 91.4 and his two-seamer was 92.6.

You can read the full article here.

  1. redguy12588 - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    I was at the game, Mayberry almost effed up 2 deep fly balls that would have resulted in 3 runs for the Pirates

    • spudchukar - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Not only that but he also pulled what I consider to be one of the all biggest boners in the history of the game, and it will fly under the radar, cause it has become so commonplace. He forgot how many outs there were on a third out catch. Not that big a deal? Ordinarily that might be true. But this was the first inning of the first game of the year. Are you kidding me. If you cannot be attentive through the top half of the first of opening day you have major issues.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        he also pulled what I consider to be one of the all biggest boners

        Just going to empty quote this. Sorry spud :)

    • 18thstreet - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Why is anyone giving this a thumbs-down? Did this not happen as Red Guy describes?

      • wlschneider09 - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        Commandmant # 35 of HBT: Thou shalt not trifle with the Phillies fans

    • sasquash20 - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      Almost don’t count in MLB. He made the plays. Had that been Dom Brown we lose the game.

  2. kandh2004 - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    To me Halladay can lose some velocity because his pitches move so much

    • diehardcubbiefan4life - Apr 6, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      Agree. But people need to stop with this velocity nonsense. Its opening day. Come back in June and bring this back up.

      • dondada10 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        I seem to remember Greg Maddux losing velocity as his career went on. It happens. Some guys just master their craft along the way.

      • diehardcubbiefan4life - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        Very true. And if Doc is really losing his velocity, he’s going to find a way to work around it.

  3. spudchukar - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Hey, great outing for Halladay the games’ best. And he quieted a few of his critics. But man that Pirate offensive lineup is butt ugly. When I saw Walker in the clean-up spot, and Barajas at #6 I couldn’t help but believe, one run for the Phils would be enough.

  4. nflfollower - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Great outing for the doc. Verlander also had a stellar outing holding a tough red sox lineup to 2 hits over 8 innings. I for one will be interested to see if he can keep it up into his late 30’s the way halladay has.

  5. aceshigh11 - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Doc is a machine. I stand in awe of his pitching brilliance.

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