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Roy Halladay joins the 200-win club

Apr 14, 2013, 6:45 PM EST

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The Phillies defeated the Marlins 2-1 this afternoon behind a strong start by Roy Halladay. The right-hander allowed just the one run on five hits and a walk with just two strikeouts. Laynce Nix pinch-hit for Halladay in the top of the 9th and broke the 1-1 tie with a solo home run, putting the veteran in line for his 200th victory. Jonathan Papelbon nailed down the save, allowing Halladay to become the 112th pitcher in baseball history to earn 200 or more career victories.

Halladay struggled in his first two starts, allowing 12 runs in 7.1 innings of work, but was able to right the ship at least for one day against the Marlins. All along, Halladay has insisted his problems were mental and not physical, despite mechanical changes, a drop in velocity, and an altered approach.

Always businesslike, Halladay was in no mood to celebrate the milestone:

  1. jtchernak - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    As a phillies fan I’m still worried. This was only the marlins! I mean c’mon they couldn’t hit a pitch down the middle. Except for Stanton

    • Kevin S. - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      I was wondering about that. People who watched, was Doc sharp, or do the Marlins just suck?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        “People who watched” ha ha

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:16 PM

        I’d be hard pressed to say he looked better then Lannan or Cole did, which would veer towards the Marlins are bad. Then again, those two looked sharp, and Halladay was 2 to 1 strikes to balls right on the nose, which is certiany an improvement. Cutter and changeup were working well.

        Kind of a mixed bag. Next two outings will be telling

      • schmedley69 - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        It was a combination of both. Doc had better command and went after the hitters and was a lot more efficient than he was in his first 2 starts, but the Marlins only score about 1 run a game, so you have to take it with a grain of salt. The biggest positive was that he only through 87 pitches over 8 innings, where in his first 2 starts he was already at 87 in the 3rd or 4th inning. I think his next start is against the Cardinals, so that will be a better barometer.

    • jwbiii - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      And Stanton is out with a sore shoulder, which leaves them punchless.

      • Old Gator - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:35 AM

        The Iron Giant was batting beneath the Medoza line anyway. Hell, he was batting beneath the x-axis. Scrooge McLoria must have had his balls in his throat during that MRI, praying that his golden turkey would show no visible damage (remember that phrase, veteran beisbol fans) before the trade deadline.

    • macjacmccoy - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      Yea it was the Marlins but if you compare this game vs Halladay’s last 2 you will notice the improvement in his pitching in areas that the opposing teams lineup doesnt matter. Like command, it doesnt matter if its Polanco or Upton at the plate you either have it or you don’t. Today Halladay was hitting his spots. The same thing goes for movement. It doesnt matter who’s batting either your balls are breaking or their not. Today they danced. Then there’s velocity he was at 90-92 on his fastball all day today. Which is another thing not affected by the man in the batter’s box.

      The one area where we saw improvement by Halladay today that is affected by the opposing teams lineup was his aggressiveness. Ive been saying all year Halladay’s biggest problem has been his reluctance to go after batters. In his 1st 2 games his was nibbling way to much and was trying to get batters to chase. He was afraid to throw strikes. Which is understandable bc he was getting hurt when he did bc his command was so off. But it was running up his pitch total and putting him in bad pitch counts. Where it was either nibble and probably walk the guy or throw a strike that would probably end up in the guys wheel house. The fact that the Marlins lineup is so dismal allowed Halladay to be more aggressive. Doing so kept his pitch total down and allowed him to get ahead of batters. Which allowed him to throw balls out of the zone that the batters chased and either popped up, swung and missed at, or rolled over on and put on the ground.

    • evanwins - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      historiophiliac;

      “People who watched” ha ha

      I thought the Phillies had the highest attendance in all of baseball for the past 3 years? Those people don’t watch road games on TV?

      And they sure are on national TV a whole lot for a team no one watches.

      But why let reality get in the way of your (failed) attempt to be clever.

      ha ha

      • historiophiliac - Apr 15, 2013 at 7:33 AM

        Not to upset your Philly-centric universe, but that was a MARLINS joke. It wasn’t even about you, divo. I wish you no more ill than you’ll get from playing Delmon Young.

  2. sgtr0c - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Good for Doc, grats!

  3. 13arod - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    i saw he’s numbers and struck out alot of guys

  4. randygnyc - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    * AA

  5. bleedgreen - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    It’s certainly encouraging. Its not the be all end all, but it was a fairly dominant outing regardless of the competition. They’re all still major league players, and Doc went after them and got them out. You can’t pick the team you’re throwing too, you can only pitch your game, and he was successful doing it.

  6. therealtrenches - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    @historio: pipe down and get ready for your madmen soap opera.

  7. randygnyc - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Macjac- command has something to do with who you’re playing. If doc was playing the bad news marlins, sure, he’s going to throw it down the middle because they can’t hit. We’ve already seen what happens when he pitches to MLB teams. Either he won’t/can’t throw strikes and when he does, he’s getting hit hard. You’ll see his next start.

    • dwdive - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Command has NOTHING to do with who you are playing. You either have it or not. Doc was missing badly is his 1st 2 starts. Balls in the dirt, balls way outside, and not even close to strikes, setting him back in the count. This start he was a lot more crisp. Even when he threw a ball, it looked close and batters were a little unsure and uncomfortable at the plate for the 1st time in a long time. Maybe watch a game before you start spewing hate…

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      Against the Braves, 9 of the 10 outs he recorded were on strikeouts – and in case you missed, the Braves hitters are very hot right now. Watch the tape – he wasn’t getting a wide strike zone, and there were no swings and misses where you said “What the hell was that guys swinging at?”. When he got pitches over consistantly, batters were helpless. And yet he got bombed in that start – becasue he was 40 balls and 55 strikes. In other words, when he get pitches in teh strike zone, he was great, and when he missed, he got in trouble.

      This was one game, I am by no means saying he is back. Far from it. But had he thrown yesterday like he did against the Barves, the Marlins would had lit him up to. Had he thrown like he did yesterday against the Braves, he would have won.

      • deepstblu - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        At an early stage yesterday he was at something like 21 strikes and 18 balls, but he still wasn’t getting hurt because it was the Marlins. He pulled it together after that, and by the end he wasn’t getting hurt because he was something close to Roy Halladay.

  8. seanb20124 - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Hey TonyBruno! He’s back

  9. Old Gator - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    I only got to watch a couple of innings this afternoon but I think Doc could have beaten anyone today. His curve was sharp and he seemed to have excellent control, and he worked quickly and confidently.

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