Saturday, December 20, 2014

The striking Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay's striking 2013 season.

The striking Roy Halladay

While most of Phillies nation will be glued to their electronic devices to see how Roy Halladay pitches Friday in Wrigley Field, the BoopStats staff is more concerned with his performance at the plate.

Entering the game, Halladay owns the major-league single-season record for most plate appearances in a season in which every PA resulted in a strikeout (13).

Sandy Koufax (12 in his 1955 rookie season) is the only other player to do so with double-digit PAs.

Through 2012, Halladay had struck out 120 times in 285 career plate appearances. Koufax finished his 12-year career with 386 whiffs in 858 PAs.

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Here are how the 56 pitches Halladay has seen this season break down:


 Balls  16  —
 Swining Strikes  19  7
 Called Strikes  12  5
 Fouls (on Bunt Att.)       5  1
 Fouls (non-Bunts)    4  
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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