Friday, September 13, 2013

Halladay Update & Nationals Series Preview

Halladay Since Return from DL:
Games - 4
Innings - 21.1
Pitches - 371
Strikes - 217 (58%)
Hits - 18
Walks - 14
Strikeouts - 14
Hit Batters - 5
Earned Runs - 12
ERA - 5.06
WHIP - 1.50

With so many question marks concerning player's health/age already under contract for next season (Utley, Howard, Papelbon, Rollins), maybe it's time to let Roy go.  Sad, but probably necessary.  After all, this is a business.

Philadelphia Phillies (68-78) @ Washington Nationals (77-69)

Pitching Match-Ups:
Friday, 7:05 - KK vs. Stephen Strasburg
Saturday, 7:05 - Cole Hamels vs. Gio Gonzalez
Sunday, 1:35 - Tyler Cloyd vs. Jordan Zimmermann

The Nationals failed the entire season until recently (23-9 with a 6 game winning streak), and are now making a run at the 2nd Wild Card spot.  The offense is scoring runs. Ryan Zimmerman/3B starting hitting homeruns, Adam LaRoche/1B had his bat come to life, Jayson Werth/RF is playing like a MVP, Ian Desmond/SS is an elite shortstop, Bryce Harper/LF is gutting it out through knee pain, and Denard Span/CF is now getting on base to set the table for all those previously mentioned. Their bullpen has been outstanding, and their 3 best starting pitchers take the mound this series.  Thus, sweeping the Phightins.