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Halladay the Phillie

Posted on: April 5, 2010 1:41 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2010 7:20 pm
 

Roy Halladay had barely set foot into the National League on Monday when the Nationals sent him a tell-tale sign that he's no longer in the AL East.

Then, Halladay sent word that he really could care less, thank you very much.

On Halladay's first two pitches, Nats speedster Nyjer Morgan poked a single  -- and then swiped second base. Five pitches after that, Ryan Zimmerman boomed an opposite-field, RBI double. And two batters later, Halladay walked Josh Willingham.

For a pitcher who sets a goal of fewer walks than games started each year, it was rough waters.

Which just goes to show you: Even the best pitcher in the game isn't invincible. Whether it was Opening Day, President Obama's appearance or the Nationals' approach -- maybe a bit of all of the above -- Halladay's Philadelphia debut was memorable after only one inning. 

Not surprisingly, though, by the end of Philadelphia's 11-1 rout of the Nationals, he made it memorable for all the same reasons he made so many nights in Toronto memorable.

That noise in the first was the last anybody heard from the Nationals. Halladay breezed through seven innings, holding the Nats to that one run while scattering six hits. He fanned nine and walked two, and his ERA after one NL start stands at a tidy 1.29.

That already miniscule ERA will be worth watching. Facing weaker lineups than he faced in the AL, there is every reason to believe that Monday's start will be step one for Halladay toward winning his second Cy Young award.

Comments

Since: Mar 27, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2010 6:45 pm
 

Halladay the Phillie

Sorry dude, but I think that Lincecum may have met his match. Not like it will matter with the awe-inspiring lineup that those Giants put together. I would say that if Lincecum could pitch every game you might have a chance. Too bad he can't. Do I hear Cole Hamels calling for a Phils 1-2 Cy voting sweep?



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2010 3:27 pm
 

Halladay the Phillie

Lincecum and Halladay are both great pitchers. I think Lincecum is a little better than Halladay but Halladay will end up winning the Cy Young (at least has a better chance than Lincecum) because Halladay is on the best hitting team in the NL for the past couple of years whereas Lincecum is on one of the worst hitting teams in the NL.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2010 2:07 pm
 

Halladay the Phillie

Here us the real question. If Halladay leads the league in Wins with say 22 and has a 2.50 ERA and Tiny Tim ends with only 17 wins and around the same ERA but Halladay gets only 200 K's and Tim gets 270 who is the Cy Young winner? Hallay because he plays on a better team and got more wins becasue of it or Tim who struck out more but did not get the wins becaue he did not have the scoring to back him up?



Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2010 1:23 pm
 

Halladay the Phillie

Lincecum has been the Cy Young award winner two years straight. You can try to convince yourself that someone is better, and make some kind of stupid comments about voting, but the bottom line is still the bottom line. Look at yesterday's box score and tell me that Halladay with a 1.79 ERA is better than Timmy's 0.00 ERA. Even a Phillies fan can figure that out, right?



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2010 12:48 pm
 

Halladay the Phillie


Everyone needs to settle down and wait till we see both pitchers full body of work over the full season. How anyone can say one pitcher is better then the other after one start is beyond me. Lets bump this in late August and then one side will have the better of the other by then.



Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2010 12:42 pm
 

Halladay the Phillie

Too bad the reining Cy Young winner started out with a shut out through 7 innings with no walks and a Zero for an ERA to start what could be the third consecutive Cy Young Season in a row. You may or may not like the Giants, but the until someone else proves he's better, Tim Lincecum is the best pitcher in the NL. Say what you want about Halladay, his outing wasn't as impressive as Timmy's.



Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2010 12:06 pm
 

Halladay the Phillie

are you kidding me he threw against the nats who are a slouch if this was flipped and tim threw against the nats you would be ripping on them right now
Lincecum>Halladay



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2010 12:05 pm
 

Halladay the Phillie

Add to that the fact that he does not have to face the best lineup in the NL at all the entire season. He plays on it. Once the Nats got that one run but could not get anotother one you knew they were in trouble. After Howard's 2 run shot cleared right field in the 4th to make it 2-1 you knew it was game over.



Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2010 10:08 am
 

Halladay the Phillie

It's kind of unfair to say that Linecum is better than Halladay at this point. Let's see what Halladay does over the course of a full season facing the same lineups that Lincecum has been facing the last few years. Hallday dominated the American League, which is considered by most people to be the more dominant offensive league, not to mention baseball's best divsion in the AL East. I have a feeling his numbers could be even better facing weaker lineups up the NL.....



Since: May 3, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2010 9:55 am
 

Halladay the Phillie

i agree


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