There are currently two theories floating around the internet as to why Philadelphia Phillies starter Roy Halladay had to leave last night’s game against the Chicago Cubs without recording a single out in the fifth inning: 1) temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius caused last year’s National League Cy Young Award winner to experience a form of heat exhaustion; and 2) the Phillies forgot to bring the proper machinery coolant with them when they traveled to Chicago and didn’t want to further damage the corrosion-resistant nickel-based alloy that comprises a third of Halladay’s structure.
Halladay’s departure with head athletic trainer (cybernetic engineer) Scott Sheridan by his side came after only four innings of official work. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the first time in 63 road games that Halladay didn’t last at least six innings, the first time a pitcher has done that since Hall of Famer Walter Johnson, who pitched at least six innings in 82 straight road games from 1911 to 1915.
So, just how dominant has Halladay been this season before last night’s overheating?
- He has struck out 7.72 batters for every one that he’s walked. That’s almost two whole strikeouts better than the next best pitcher, Dan Haren.
- His 1.10 walks per nine innings is the lowest in the league among starting pitchers.
- He’s only walked 3.3% of the batters he’s faced, again good enough for the best in the league.
- He has the best FIP and xFIP, as well as the best park and league adjusted FIP and xFIP in baseball.
- His tERA (2.35) and SIERA (2.56) also lead the league.
- No pitcher in baseball has furthered his team’s probability of winning games this season more than Halladay.
- No other pitcher in baseball is among the top five in runs above average for two separate pitches, his cutter and his curveball.
- His 5 wins above replacement rank Halladay first in the National League among starting pitchers and second including position players, with only New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes ahead of him.
Not bad, but all he really wants is to feel human emotion once again.
And The Rest
The Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals have all made calls to St. Louis Cardinals GM John Mozeliak about Colby Rasmus, but a deal involving the young center fielder still seems unlikely.
Why are the Colorado Rockies so seemingly eager to deal Ubaldo Jiminez?
Nolan Ryan went to the hospital yesterday with chest pains, but tests revealed no new heart issues for the Texas Rangers president. He’s expected to be released today or tomorrow.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are through with their Aaron Heilman experiment.
Last night’s New York Yankees come from behind victory over the Tampa Bay Rays was delayed after a lightning strike caused a bank of lights to go out. No one knows what Steven Stamkos was doing in the area.
Dave Cameron finishes up his annual trade value rankings with his top ten.
The Seattle Mariners and their general manager.
The New York Mets would be willing to pay the rest of Carlos Beltran’s salary this season if the return was good enough in a trade.
Today in trolling: Bill Conlin writes about Billy Beane. As I’m sure you can imagine, it’s very fair and balanced.
The Philadelphia Phillies will be looking to add a bat and a reliever before the July 31st trade deadline.
There’s nothing quite like a play-by-play announcer quitting on air:
Finally, there’s this: