Wednesday, June 3, 2015

When Halladay Jumped the Shark

A look at the turning point in Roy Halladay's Phillies career.

When Halladay Jumped the Shark

Here are Roy Halladay´s career Phillies numbers entering the start when he jumped the shark. (Tony Dejak/AP)
Here are Roy Halladay's career Phillies numbers entering the start when he jumped the shark. (Tony Dejak/AP)

When the Phillies entered their May 2, 2012 game in Atlanta, they were playing .500 baseball (12-12) despite missing Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

They had won eight straight against the Braves dating to the previous season.

And on the mound, they had one Roy Halladay, whom to that point had started 75 games since coming to Philadelphia and had on his City of Brotherly Love resume such things as a Cy Young Award, a regular season perfect game and only the second postseason no-hitter in the game's long history.

So staking him to a 6-0 lead in the fifth inning that day had Phillies Nation racing to pencil another "W" onto Doc's slate. But, as we all know, the Fickle Finger of Sports Fate can strike our fair city anytime ... anywhere ... and to anyone.

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Eight of the next 16 Braves he faced scored (a Brian McCann grand slam doing most of the damage), and a hobbled Chipper Jones (of course), blasted an 11th-inning, two-run walk-off home run ... and just like that, Halladay's best days as a Phillie were behind him.

Here are Doc's career Phillies numbers entering that start and since (regular season and postseason combined):


 April 2012  

 May 1, 2012 
 Record  46-20  10-10
 ERA  2.37  6.03
 Starts  75  27
 Complete Games  18  1
 Shutouts  6  0
 Innings Pitched  559.1  153.2
    IP/GS (rounded)     7.1  5.2
 Hits  487  163
 Runs  157  103
 Earned Runs
 147  103
 Walks  80  43
 Strikeouts  498  143
 Home Runs
 37  27
 Opp. Bat. Avg.  .234  .275
 WHIP  1.014  1.341
 BB/9IP  1.29  2.52
 K/9IP  8.01  8.38
 HR/AB  .018  .046
About this blog

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.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

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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