This is Shaping up 2B a Real Pitchers Duel

May 7, 2009

Last night, Doc Halladay faced the Angels. Often he is lined up against the number 1 pitcher on the opposing team’s staff. Not the case on this night as he faced rookie, Anthony Ortega. The result… a win!This raised a question that we’ve thought of before but never quite found the best answer for. Why doesn’t this scenario play out more often?

Its more likely our best pitcher will win against the other team’s 4th or 5th starter than it is against their 1st or 2nd. But that rarely happens. Why is Doc facing the other team’s best pitchers more often than not?

Take Doc’s next start as an example of what happens most times. He is due to face AJ Burnett of the Yankees. More or less their number 2 pitcher but the one who has been pitching the best out of the gate this season. Why not line up the Doc against the other team’s lesser lights than their best to ensure a win? Why roll the dice on using our best against their best and perhaps win that game when we’re more likely to win with poorer pitching on the other team and us having our best? The flipside of course is our 4th or 5th starter would have to face the other team’s best. Wouldn’t they bring their “A” game against their best? You would hope so and they likely would.

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Dedication to a friend…

August 28, 2008

When I was in university, I had a friend who was saddled on the very first night of frosh week of our very first year with the unfortunate nickname of “3-Pack.” He “earned” the nickname that night by throwing up after drinking all of…you guessed it…3 cans of beer. He blamed in on a low gag reflex, and while he proved later that night and on many many subsequent nights that he was no lightweight, the name has stuck to this day. It was eventually shortened to simply “3″(3-Pack sounds like Tupac) and in time Read more

The Weekly Recap: August 18th – 24th

August 24, 2008

The Results

  • Aug 18 – Off Day
  • Aug 19 – TOR 2 NYY 1 – WP Burnett (16-9) LP Veras (3-2) SV Ryan (24)
  • Aug 20 – TOR 1 NYY 5 – WP Pettitte (13-9) LP Purcey (2-4)
  • Aug 21 – TOR 14 NYY 3 – WP Halladay (15-9) LP Ponson (7-4)
  • Aug 22 – TOR 4 BOS 8 – WP Byrd (8-11) LP Marcum (8-6)
  • Aug 23 – TOR 11 BOS 0 – WP Litsch (9-7) LP Lester (12-5)
  • Aug 24 – TOR 5 BOS 6 – WP Papelbon (5-3) LP League (0-2) SV Delcarman (1)

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