Tag:Roy Halladay
Posted on: October 25, 2010 8:06 pm

Umpires set for Series

Gary Darling So, while betting on the World Series, why not take odds on which umpire is going to become a household name this Fall Classic with a blown call?

The Associated Press reports Sam Holbrook, Bill Miller, John Hirschbeck, Gary Darling, Mike Winters and Jeff Kellogg are the umpiring crew for the World Series.

Holbrook and Miller are umpiring in the World Series for the first time, but my (imaginary) money's on Darling (pictured).

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has been had two run-ins with Darling. In 2008, Darling called a balk against Tim Lincecum to bring home the go-ahead run in a game against the Rockies just as Bengie Molina called timeout. Darling seemed to raise his hands to call the timeout, but then called the balk. Bochy was ejected after arguing.

Last season, Darling ejected Bochy in the second inning of a game against the Dodgers and then ejected bench coach Ron Wotus in the ninth inning of the same game.

This season, Orioles first baseman Ty Wigginton was suspended and fined after arguing a call botched by Darling. Darling admitted after the game that he missed the call.

Hirschbeck was behind the plate for Roy Halladay's no-hitter, and was criticized by the Reds' Orlando Cabrera for his strike zone.

Winters is best known as the umpire that Milton Bradley was arguing with when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in 2007.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 6:50 pm

Players choice finalists announced

Carlos Gonzalez In September, major-league players voted for the Players Choice Awards, coordinated by the union. Friday, the MLBPA released the three finalists for each of the awards, which will be announced over the course of next week.

Player of the year (both leagues): Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies, pictured), Josh Hamilton (Rangers), Joey Votto (Reds).

Man of the year (for off-field efforts): Torii Hunter (Angels), Brandon Inge (Tigers), Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies).

NL outstanding player: Gonzalez, Albert Pujols (Cardinals), Votto.

NL outstanding pitcher: Roy Halladay (Phillies), Ubaldo Jimenez (Rockies), Adam Wainwright (Cardinals).

NL outstanding rookie: Jaime Garcia (Cardinals), Jason Heyward (Braves), Buster Posey (Giants).

NL comeback player: R.A. Dickey (Mets), Tim Hudson (Braves), Aubrey Huff (Giants).

AL outstanding player: Jose Bautista (Blue Jays), Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Hamilton.

AL outstanding pitcher: Felix Hernandez (Mariners), David Price (Rays), CC Sabathia (Yankees).

AL outstanding rookie: Wade Davis (Rays), Neftali Feliz (Rangers), Austin Jackson (Tigers).

AL comeback player: Freddy Garcia (White Sox), Vladimir Guerrero (Rangers), Francisco Liriano (Twins).

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 2:22 pm

Taking a look at 2011 projections

Bill James, the leading sabermetrician of our time, has been hard at work on his 2011 Bill James Handbook , in which he releases projections for players.

As with all projections, James was way off on several players in his 2010 projections, but hit some on the nose and came close to many.

As James writes, it's inevitable that projections miss on some players. After all, who could have expected Jose Bautista to slam 54 home runs?

But for the most part, projections do come close to approximating what a player will do. So let's dive in and check out what Bill James thinks of several players.

Alvarez Pedro Alvarez (photo, right): The Pirates rookie got his major-league career off to a decent start in 2010, finishing at .256/.326/.461 with 16 HR. Meanwhile, Buster Posey makes Pittsburgh look silly for plucking Alvarez and Tampa Bay idiots for taking shortstop Tim Beckham. However, the Bucs may just end up loving Alvarez in 2011. James has him down for 27 home runs and 103 RBI, hitting .277/.352/.501. Sounds pretty good.

Jose Bautista : So, his his power surge for real or is there a reason Bautista never topped 16 home runs in a season before? James thinks it's for real and tabs Bautista for 34 blasts in 2011. Makes sense, as Bautista was hitting somewhat over his head and pitchers will have a better understanding of how to pitch him. He should finish at .251/.355/.509.

Josh Beckett: Boston will have plenty of reasons to be happy with its rotation next year. After Josh Beckett struggled to a 5.78 ERA in 21 starts, James feels Beckett will rebound to post a 3.86 ERA in 26 games. Couple that with John Lackey 's 33 starts of a 3.89 ERA and Daisuke Matsuzaka finding a way to overcome 73 walks for a 3.85 ERA, and you suddenly have a deep rotation that has Jon Lester up top and Clay Buchholz. An ace followed by four No. 2-3 starters? Yes please.

Adrian Beltre : Beltre re-established his value and much more in Boston, where he put Seattle and his failures therein behind him to hit .321/.365/.553. But was that just a contract-year push? Kind of. Beltre won't sniff being an MVP candidate again, as James says, but should still be worth every dollar afer hitting .283/.335/.477 in 2011.

Ryan Braun : When someone hits 33 home runs, scores 108 runs and drives in 114, that's got to be a pretty good MVP candidate. Except that Braun's 2011 projected totals may not be enough to overtake teammate Prince Fielder , who has 41 blasts projected to his name with 100 runs and 114 RBI. He's expected to hit .276/.396/.541 with Braun at .310/.372/.551.

Domonic Brown : One concern the Phillies have is how well Dominic Brown can step into the large shoes that will be vacated by Jayson Werth. Well, no problem: Brown's on pace to hit 26 homers and go .288/.346/.505. Next step for Philadelphia: finding a right-handed bat to break up Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Brown.

Halladay Roy Halladay (photo, right): A perfect game, postseason no-hitter and 2.44 ERA later and Halladay has nothing left to prove in the NL. James does see a step backwards, however, to the horrifying high of a 3.16 ERA. That ERA certainly figures to go under 3.00, but it's impossible to project anyone landing below a 3.00 ERA which is why Halladay lands at 3.16. He has compatriots Cole Hamels with a 3.45 projected ERA and Roy Oswalt at 3.38. Sounds like another NL East Division title is en route to Philly.

Derek Jeter : So, will Jeter rebound from his .270/.340/.370 showing in 2010 and be worth whatever ridiculous deal the Yankees give him in the offseason? Well, James does see a bounceback -- but his days as a legitimate All-Star are done. (Of course, he'll still be elected.) Jetes should end up at .295/.365/.410 as James guesses, not that far off from what Jeter put up in 2008.

Cliff Lee : Lee is going to make a lot of money in 2011. But interested teams may want to take a look at James' projected ERA and back away slightly. At 3.50, he would still be a good pitcher, but not great nor sublime as he has been thus far. He finished 2010 with a 3.18 ERA, 2009 with 3.22 and 2008 with 2.54, so it takes quite a leap to think Lee would go up to 3.50. A projected 49 walks will do that, even though he had an unimaginable 18 in 2010. (43 in 2009.)

Tim Lincecum : The Freak draws the honor of the lowest projected ERA, at an even 3.00 while striking out 233 batters. Lincecum will be looking to take back the Cy Young title from projected winner Roy Halladay, and so far it looks like Bill James is giving him the nod for 2011.

Jesus Montero : Do we have an early candidate for Rookie of the Year? James has Jesus Montero putting up huge numbers as a 21-year-old in the majors, banging 21 home runs and hitting .285/.348/.519. Hard to beat those numbers and power, especially at Montero's age. The only comparable is Michael Stanton.

David Ortiz : Well, even James himself can't know if Ortiz will get a third straight season off to a bad start, but regardless, Big Papi is expected to finish with 33 home runs and 112 RBI. That would be the most home runs hit since 2007 (he finished 2010 with 32). It would also be a high in RBI since 2007, along with batting average. If Ortiz can pull that line off, he'll be in line for a nice payday as a free agent.

Stanton Mike Stanton (photo, right): Stanton has already put baseball on notice as a 20-year-old. So what the heck is he to do in 2011 with a full season of playing time? That's easy -- 38 home runs. The only knock against Stanton will be that his plate discipline isn't advanced enough, leading to a .268/.335/.556 line. If he can eventually learn to take enough pitches and get the batting average over .280, he could be a mega-star.

Brian Wilson : Currently busy trying to propel the Giants to the World Series, Wilson at least can rest easy in the idea that James has him leading all closers in saves next season. He's expected to nail down 48 saves with a 3.04 ERA. The save total is exactly the same as what he ended up with in 2010, but the ERA was lower at 1.81. An xFIP of 2.99, however, backs up the projected 3.04 ERA.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 12:19 am
Edited on: October 22, 2010 12:30 pm

Halladay pulled groin in second inning

Roy Halladay
If it seemed like something was off about Roy Halladay on Thursday night against the Giants, something was.

The Phillies right-hander told reporters after the game he had suffered a pulled groin in the second inning and pitched through it the rest of the way with the Phillies' season in the balance. He went on the disabled list with a right groin strain last season, but said this one didn't seem as severe.

The revelation explains why Halladay all but abandoned his four-seam fastball, throwing it just six times, as you can see in this PitchFX report of his performance. Even including 12 two-seamers, fastballs accounted for just 18 of his 108 pitches (16.6 percent), as he went to his curve and change more often than usual. During the regular season, according to Fangraphs, 37.4 percent of Halladay's pitches were fastballs.

Halladay made it through six innings, allowing two runs while striking out five.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 12:31 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:21 am

Another postseason pitching gem

Cliff Lee The year of the pitcher has naturally turned into the postseason of the pitcher -- and now you can add Cliff Lee's ALCS Game 3 gem to this year's postseason pitching performances to remember.

As a whole, Lee's outperformed Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum to this point, and his outing at Yankee Stadium may have been as good as their Game 1 NLDS performances.

There were plenty of words written about Bill James' game score stat after Lincecum's two-hit performance against the Braves outscored Halladay's no-hitter against the Reds. Lee didn't match either in game score, but he could have had the Rangers' offense not exploded for six runs in the ninth.

Lee finished the game with a game score of 90 -- assuming he finished the ninth unscathed, he would have surpassed Halladay's game score of 94 (one point for every out, two more for an inning after the fourth). With one strikeout, he would have tied Lincecum's 96. The way he was pitching and the way the Yankees looked at the plate, that doesn't seem like much of a stretch.

What may have set Lee's outing apart was the team he did it against -- the Yankees. New York's 859 runs were the most in the majors, its .786 OPS was the second-best in the majors and wOBA (weighted on-base average) of .347 was the best in the majors.

The Reds were fourth in runs (790), third in OPS (.774),  wOBA (.339), so they were too far off the Yankees, except that they played in the weaker National League.

I'm not sure I buy Linecum's outing or Lee's outing being superior to Halladay's no-hitter, all three were amazing to watch and starts that should be celebrated and will certainly be remembered. It's like judging a piece of art -- does it matter which painting is better? Just appreciate them all on their own merits and be glad you got to see them.

Here's a look at the three phenomenal starts and three phenomenal starters:

Halladay vs. Reds: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 8 Ks, 1 BB, 28 BF. 104 pitches, 79 strikes. Game score: 94
Halladay's 2010 postseason: 1-1, 2.25 ERA, 16 IP, 15 Ks, 1 BB, 8 H, 4 ER

Lincecum vs. Braves: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 14 Ks, 1 BB, 30 BF. 119 pitches, 75 strikes. Game score: 96
Lincecum's 2010 postseason: 2-0, 1.69 ERA, 16 IP, 22 Ks, 4 BB, 8 H, 3 ER

Lee vs. Yankees: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 13 Ks, 1 BB, 27 BF. 122 pitches, 82 strikes. Game score: 90
Lee's 2010 postseason: 3-0, 0.75 ERA, 24 IP, 34 Ks, 1 BB, 13 H, 2 ER

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 4:20 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:57 am

Blanton still scheduled for Game 4

Joe Blanton So Yankees manager Joe Girardi is sticking with A.J. Burnett as his Game 4 starter. Does that mean Charlie Manuel is sticking with Joe Blanton as his No. 4 starter?

"We haven't talked about it yet," pitching coach Rich Dubee told the Philadelphia Inquirer .

The plan is currently to have Blanton make the start, and that would certainly remain if the Phillies won Game 3. If the squad loses, however, it's very possible that the club would ask Roy Halladay to toe the mound.

"We'll just take it day to day and see what happens," Manuel said.

While the A.J. Burnett move defies all logic , the decision to start Blanton is somewhat defensible. Blanton ended the year with a 4.82 ERA (4.06 xFIP) in 28 starts and one relief appearance. However, that ERA is tied up in a massive first-half failure. Blanton had a 6.41 ERA in the first half, but a 3.48 line in the second.

It beats having Jamie Moyer as a Game 4 starter, something Manuel ruled out after Moyer said he was finally healthy and ready to pitch. Moyer was in the midst of a surprising season, outperforming expectations with a 4.84 ERA in 19 starts before suffering two arm injuries in July.

But Moyer won't be pitching in the NLCS and certainly not in the World Series.

"He hasn't pitched in a game [since July]," Manuel said. "I find that a little tough."

Even though Blanton hasn't started a game since Sept. 29, he has been throwing on the side and would allow Philadelphia to throw out a starter they are reasonably confident in as well as keep everyone on their scheduled day.

"If we move one up, we have to move them all up," Dubee said of skipping Blanton. Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels would all pitch on short rest, with Halladay being asked to pitch Game 7 a second turn through short rest.

If anyone can pull that off, it's Roy Halladay -- but if the Phillies don't have to, they won't.

  -- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 10:04 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2010 2:29 am

Ross the stuff of legend

Cody Ross
Giants outfielder Cody Ross' home run tonight to break up Roy Oswalt's no-hitter (although it's not really "breaking up a no-hitter" in the fifth inning) was his fourth of the postseason.

But the most amazing part of what he's done this week has been the timing. He has recorded the Giants' first hit in the past three games, all by home run.

* Game 4, NLDS: First hit off Derek Lowe, solo homer with one out in the sixth.

* Game 1, NLCS: First hit off Roy Halladay, solo homer with one out in the third.

* Game 2, NLCS: First hit off Roy Oswalt, solo homer with one out in the fifth.

Also, five of his six hits have either tied the game or put the Giants ahead. That, my friends, is how you make yourself a postseason legend.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:53 am

No surprises in Phillies' rotation

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel announced his NLCS rotation , and as expected, Joe Blanton will start Game 4.

So here are the matchups:

Game 1: Roy Halladay vs. Tim Lincecum
Game 2: Roy Oswalt vs. Jonathan Sanchez
Game 3: Cole Hamels vs. Matt Cain
Game 4: Blanton vs. Madison Bumgarner
Game 5: Halladay vs. Lincecum
Game 6: Oswalt vs. Sanchez
Game 7: Hamels vs. Cain

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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