Results tagged ‘ Roy Halladay ’

Encore Game on Fox Sports Florida

History will note that on May 29, 2010, Roy Halladay tossed the 20th perfect game ever in the Major Leagues. Halladay’s performance for the ages came at the expense of the Marlins, as the Phillies won 1-0.

What occurred the next day has pretty much been forgotten. There wasn’t anything historical, but what took place still was impressive.

The Marlins rebounded from being blanked by Halladay by posting a 1-0 win of their own.  Anibal Sanchez, who no-hit Arizona as a rookie in 2006, combined with Taylor Tankersley, Clay Hensley and Leo Nunez for the shutout. Sanchez scattered three hits, and the Phillies managed just four all afternoon. 

Marlins fans have a chance to revisit that gem at noon on Wednesday as part of Fox Sports Florida’s Encore Games package.

This May 30 game matched Sanchez against veteran Jamie Moyer, who has enjoyed years of success against Florida.

The Marlins needed six hits to win the game.

The Encore Games package is a reminder that Spring Training is swiftly approaching. Marlins pitchers and catchers begin workouts at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., on Feb. 18. Full-squad workouts start on Feb. 22.

Joe Frisaro

 

Would pursuing Greinke make sense?

Speculation at the Winter Meetings had the Marlins expressing trade interest in Royals’ ace Zack Greinke. There was little substance to the rumors, and the story faded as fast as it surfaced.

But now that the Phillies have assembled their dream rotation by adding Cliff Lee, should the Marlins counter and make a run at Greinke? Such a move would create a formidable one-two punch with Josh Johnson and Greinke. It certainly would stack up with Philadelphia’s duo of Roy Halladay and Lee.

South Florida already has the “Big Three” with Wade, LeBron and Bosh in basketball. So the possibility of having Greinke in the Marlins’ rotation would clearly stir plenty of excitement in a big-event market. For Internet sites, newspapers, blogs and talk radio, this would give the fans and the media plenty to talk and write about.

But at what cost could making a “dream rotation” happen? This is the sticking point, and the major reason why it is highly doubtful that Zack Greinke will  become a Marlin in 2011.

To even get the Royals seriously to engage in trade talks for Greinke, the Marlins would have to be willing to part with Mike Stanton. Foremost, the now 21-year-old slugger would be the centerpiece. The asking price may also include Logan Morrison. Then, the Marlins would likely have to be prepared to include Ricky Nolasco as well a prospect or two. In all, it would take about four or five players, including major parts of the current club, to land the former Cy Young award winning right-hander.

Some have speculated that Nolasco and Leo Nunez could get the deal going. It wouldn’t even pique Kansas City’s interest.

Considering the Marlins already have a formidable rotation with Johnson, Nolasco, Javier Vazquez, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad, there isn’t the urgency to acquire Greinke. At least not at the price of trading perhaps the best young power hitter in the game, who is under club control through 2016.

As the Marlins front office has repeatedly stated, the price of quality starting pitching is extremely high. It is either costly in terms of contracts (Lee will make $120 million over five years), or players offered to obtain a true ace. Grooming your own starting pitching — like the Giants have done — remains the most effective way to build a rotation.

When you look at the possible return for someone like Greinke, it also shows why the Marlins have no intentions of trading Johnson to the Yankees or anywhere else.

With Lee going to the Phillies, it didn’t take long for reports out of New York to suggest the Yankees inquire about JJ. For the record, the Marlins’ ace is not on the market. But if he were, Florida wouldn’t narrow its trade partner to exclusively the Yankees. A player like Johnson would generate wide appeal, and even the best package the Yankees may be able to offer might not stand up to other clubs.

The bottom line for the Marlins on the Greinke front is — is it worth overpaying for a right-hander they’d have under contract for two years?

– Joe Frisaro

History repeating itself

If it seems like we’re watching something special right now, it’s because we are.

The first few days of the playoffs have not only been entertaining, they’ve been historical. At least, from a pitching standpoint.

As a fitting followup to Roy Halladay’s no-hitter for the Phillies over the Reds on Wednesday, Tim Lincecum turned in one of the more dominating playoff performances ever on Thursday. The two-time Cy Young Award winner struck out 14 while allowing two hits in the Giants’ 1-0 win over the Braves.

Halladay’s effort had more histocial meaning because he tossed the second no-hitter in postseason history. Prior to Doc taking the mound at Citizens Bank Park, Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series had stood alone as the only no-hit postseason effort.

Still, Lincecum placed himself in elite company.

For just the 22nd time in playoff history a pitcher has logged a complete-game shutout while allowing two or fewer hits. It’s already happened twice in the first two days of the playoffs.

There is a Marlins’ connection to this piece of postseason history. Josh Beckett is one of the 22 to have a complete-game, shutout win in the playoffs with two or less hits.

In Game 5 of the 2003 NL Championship Series, Beckett blanked the Cubs on two-hits while he struck out 11.

All-time playoff nine-inning, complete-game, shutout wins with pitchers allowing two or less hits.

* Josh Beckett, 10/12/2003, Florida v. Chicago Cubs, 2 H, 1 BB, 11 K
* Vida Blue, 10/8/1974, Oakland v. Baltimore, 2 H, 0 BB, 7 K
* Nelson Briles, 10/14/1971, Pittsburgh v. Baltimore, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K
* Mordecai Brown, 10/12/1906, Cubs v. White Sox, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K
* Roger Clemens, 10/14/2000, New York Yankees v. Seattle, 1 H, 2 BB, 15 K
* Dave Dravecky, 10/7/1987, San Francisco v. St. Louis, 2 H, 4 BB, 6 K
* George Earnshaw, 10/6/1931, Philadelphia v. St. Louis, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 K
* Whitey Ford, 10/4/1961, Yankees v. Cincinnati, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K
* Roy Halladay, 10/6/2010, Philadelphia v. Cincinnati, 0 H, 1 BB, 8 K
* Waite Hoyt, 10/6/1921, Yankees v. New York Giants, 2 H, 5 BB, 5 K
* Bill James, 10/10/1914, Boston v. Philadelphia, 2 H, 3 BB, 8 K
* Bobby Jones, 10/8/2000, New York Mets v. San Francisco, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K
* Don Larsen, 10/8/1956, Yankees v. Brooklyn, 0 H, 0 BB, 7 K
* Tim Lincecum, 10/7/2010, San Francisco v. Atlanta, 2 H, 1 BB, 14 K
* Jim Lonborg, 10/5/1967, Boston v. St. Louis, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K
* Jon Matlack, 10/7/1973, Mets v. Cincinnati, 2 H, 3 BB, 9 K
* Claude Passeau, 10/5/1945, Cubs v. Detroit, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
* Monte Pearson, 10/5/1939, Yankees v. Cincinnati, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 K
* Vic Raschi, 10/4/1950, Yankees v. Philadelphia, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K
* Allie Reynolds, 10/5/1949, Yankees v. Brooklyn, 2 H 4 BB, 9 K
* Warren Spahn, 10/5/1958, Milwaukee Braves v. Yankees, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K
* Ed Walsh, 10/11/1906, White Sox v. Cubs, 2 H, 1 BB, 12 K

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Postseason pitching flashbacks

After more than five decades, Don Larsen finally has company, and baseball has another game for the ages.

beckett.jpgRoy Halladay placed himself in exclusive company on Wednesday by tossing the second no-hitter in MLB playoff history. Halladay and the Phillies blanked the Reds, 4-0, in Game 1 of their NationaL League Division Series.

Before Halladay’s historical performance, Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series stood as the lone no-hitter in MLB postseason history. Standing in the way of perfection for Halladay was a lone walk.

The Marlins can certainly feel the Reds’ pain. On May 29, they were shut down by Halladay, who tossed the 20th perfect game in MLB history that day.

In their history, the Marlins have gone to the postseason twice, and in each year captured the World Series title.

While no Marlin has ever tossed a no-hitter in the playoffs, there have been a few masterful pitching performances.

Florida’s most memorable complete game shutout in the playoffs was turned in by Josh Beckett, when he closed out the Yankees in Game 6 of the 2003 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

Beckett allowed five hits in a 2-0 victory that day, on his way to winning MVP honors. But an argument can be made that it wasn’t Beckett’s best playoff performance of that season.

In the NL Championship Series against the Cubs, Florida was trailing 3-1 in games heading into Game 5 in Miami. Beckett tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out 11. That performance set the stage for the Marlins to return to Chicago, where they took care of the Cubs in Games 6 and 7 at Wrigley Field.

The Marlins have had four complete games in their playoff history. Livan Hernandez striking out 15 Braves in the 1997 NLCS also remains one of the top pitching performances ever by a Marlin.

Postseason Marlins’ complete games:

* Josh Beckett, 10/12/03: 2 hits, 0 runs, 11 strikeouts, vs Cubs, NLCS
* Josh Beckett, 10/25/02: 5 hits, 0 runs, 9 strikeouts, vs Yankees, WS
* Kevin Brown, 10/14/97: 11 hits, 4 runs, 8 strikeouts, vs Braves, NLCS
* Livan Hernandez, 10/12/97: 3 hits, 1 run, 15 strikeouts, vs Braves, NLCS

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins-Phillies lineups

The Marlins strive to avoid being swept on Wednesday, but it will be a daunting task.

The Phillies are sending Roy Halladay to the mound, while the Marlins are countering with Jorge Sosa, who will start for the first time since 2007 when he was with the Mets. Reliever Brian Sanches likely will throw multiple innings in relief of Sosa, who may only go three or four innings.

 

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1) Shane Victorino, CF

2) Placido Polanco, 3B

3) Chase Utley, 2B

4) Ryan Howard, 1B

5) Jayson Werth, RF

6) Raul Ibanez, LF

7) Carlos Ruiz, C

8) Wilson Valdez, SS

9) Roy Halladay, P

 

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Scott Cousins, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Jorge Sosa, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Nolasco has that winning edge

Ricky Nolasco once again is getting better as the season progresses.

The Marlins right-hander improved to 14-8 with a win over the Pirates on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

nolasco1.JPGOver his last 11 starts, he is 9-2 with a 3.45 ERA. And since June 23, when his hot streak started, his nine wins are the most in the National League, ahead of Roy Halladay and Tim Hudson, who each have seven.

Winning is a trait Nolasco has shown throughout his professional career. Groomed in the Cubs’ system, Nolasco has a career Minor League record of 37-18.

The 27-year-old is steadily moving up the Marlins ladder for victories. With 54 wins, the right-hander ranks second only to Dontrelle Willis’ 68.

Since breaking in with the Marlins in 2006, Nolasco has the 11th most wins among National League pitchers. Derek Lowe has an NL most of 68 in that span.

Nolasco has a career 54-38 record, which compares favorably to the pitcher just ahead of him. Cole Hamels is 55-43 since 2006 and he has the 10th most wins since 2006. Consider, Matt Cain has a 51-59 record in those seasons, and Cain is tied for the 13th most victories.

In his second season of arbitration, Nolasco would be eligible for free agency after the 2011 season.

He might not reach that point because the Marlins have expressed interest in signing Nolasco to a multi-year contract. Currently, the lines of communication are open between the club and the pitcher, but they are very preliminary.

Retaining Nolasco has been a priority for a while. In fact, after the Marlins signed Josh Johnson to a four-year deal in January, the team expressed to Nolasco that they were open to a long-term contract.

– Joe Frisaro

Luna makes first start

For the first since May 21, 2008, Hector Luna is in a big league game. The veteran will start at third base for the Marlins in their series opener with the Phillies on Tuesday at Sun Life Stadium.

After the Marlins traded Jorge Cantu to the Rangers last Thursday, Luna had his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans. He was in uniform for the weekend series at San Diego, but he didn’t play.

Wes Helms will handle a majority of the starts at third base, but manager Edwin Rodriguez said Luna will make a start or two a week, either at third or first base.

Left-hander Sean West is making his first start of the season on Tuesday. The Marlins officially recalled West to face the Phillies. To make room for the lefty, right-hander Jorge Sosa was designated for assignment.

Roy Halladay is pitching for the Phillies.

Lineup for Tuesday: Hanley Ramirez (SS), Logan Morrison (LF), Gaby Sanchez (1B), Dan Uggla (2B), Cody Ross (CF), Mike Stanton (RF), Ronny Paulino (C), Hector Luna (3B), Sean West (P).

– Joe Frisaro

 

Halladay-Johnson set for Thursday

Washed out on Wednesday, the Marlins and Phillies were back at it again on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park.

The same pitching matchup that was slated for Wednesday was just pushed back a day.

A pair of aces are on the mound. The Marlins are going with Josh Johnson, while the Phillies are starting Roy Halladay.

When he last faced Florida, on May 29, Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in MLB history. Johnson, meanwhile, gave up one unearned run in seven innings, suffering the loss.

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Josh Johnson, P

 

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1) Shane Victorino, CF

2) Placido Polanco, 3B

3) Chase Utley, 2B

4) Ryan Howard, 1B

5) Jayson Werth, RF

6) Raul Ibanez, LF

7) Wilson Valdez, SS

8) Carlos Ruiz, C

9) Roy Halladay, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Rained out Wednesday

For the second time this season, the Marlins have had a game postponed because of rain.

Wednesday’s game at Philadelphia was washed out. No makeup date has been set yet. But a possible date for a doubleheader will be on Sept. 6, when the Marlins return to Philadelphia.

The Marlins rotation has now shuffled for the new few days.

Josh Johnson, who was scheduled to pitch on Wednesday, will throw on Thursday. The Phillies are countering with Roy Halladay.

The Marlins weekend rotation at Tampa Bay now will be Anibal Sanchez (Friday), Ricky Nolasco (Saturday) and Chris Volstad (Sunday). Nate Robertson is being skipped one start, and he is available in the bullpen.

The Marlins previously were rained out on April 23 at Colorado. They made that up on April 24 with a doubleheader.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Stanton to face Halladay

Coming off his three hit MLB debut, Mike Stanton will face a bigger challenge on Wednesday night. That is, if the game is played. It’s been raining all day in Philadelphia, and more is expected tonight.

If the game moves forward, the Marlins will face the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Roy Halladay is set to throw for the Phillies. On May 29 in Miami, Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in MLB history.

Josh Johnson gets the nod for the Marlins.

After going 3-for-5 on Tuesday, Stanton became the youngest player to get three hits in his MLB debut since Danny Ainge of NBA fame went 3-for-4 in his first game on May 21, 1979, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Stanton was 20 years, 212 days. Ainge was 20 years, 65 days.

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Josh Johnson, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

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