Thursday, August 20, 2009
Halladay is human after all
By Ian Hunter
The desire for winning may be the only relevant thought in the mind of Roy Halladay when he's on the mound, but despite his impenetrable exterior, he didn't look like a machine for once.
Halladay (also known as the T-32) departed from his usual cyborg-like self and was roughed up for five runs in just five innings of work. Aside from his injury-shortened game back on June 12th against the Florida Marlins, last night was Halladay’s least productive start of the season (5 ER, 5 IP).
Every once in a while, Doc is going to have a bad night at the office, and it just happened to be against the Boston Red Sox. Despite that bad start, Jeff Blair says that not trading for Halladay at the deadline will likely come back to haunt the BoSox at the end of the season.
I’m not saying that the Red Sox won’t make the playoffs, but with 43 games left to play in the pennant race, they could have benefited greatly from the eight remaining Roy Halladay starts down the stretch.
We were all hoping for a Blue Jays pitcher to plunk Kevin Youkilis, and our wish was granted. An 86 MPH fastball nailed Youkilis right between the shoulder blades, almost the exact same spot that Rick Porcello hit him last week. I for one would love to see a Brandon League/Kevin Youkilis throwdown, which would most likely end in League putting Youk in a Ken Shamrock ankle lock.