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Added October 7th, 2010 by Chalk

Halladay Pitches Playoff No-Hitter, Not That Big a Deal
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In his first postseason start in NLDS Game 1, Roy Halladay pitched the second no-hitter in the 105-year history of Major League Baseball’s postseason, and his Philadelphia Phillies coasted to an easy 4-0 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Reds. People are making a pretty big deal of it, but some perspective needs to be added because really there was nothing particularly special about Halladay’s feat.

Sure, the man I like to call Roy “Billie” Halladay only allowed one baserunner, a two-out fifth-inning walk to Jay Bruce, and the Reds led the National League this season in batting average, RBI and home runs. But the Reds have been playing terrible baseball for at least a month and have zero playoff experience. And they were basically blown out of the game before Halladay took the mound a second time.  Reds manager Dusty Baker pulled his Game 1 starter Edinson Volquez with two outs in the second inning after Philly’s offense raced out to a 4-0 lead.

So really Halladay was showing off, and would have been fine giving about at least two more hits. Throwing all nine innings was probably a dick move even, since Game Two isn’t until Friday and none of the Phillies other pitchers have pitched since Sunday.

Reds shortstop Orlando Cabrera said after the game that Halladay got way too much help from the umpire. “He and the umpire pitched a no-hitter. He gave him every pitch. Basically, we had no chance,” said Cabrera.

Even if you disagree with Cabrera and think it was a nice little no-hitter, I don’t buy into the 105-year history stuff either.  Until 1969, the postseason had just one round — the World Series.  The third round wasn’t added until the 1990’s. Halladay’s unnecessary no-no still leaves the Phillies 10 games from a World Series title.

The only other postseason no-hitter was Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. Larsen pitched the first four innings in a scoreless tie, and the next two with only a 1-0 lead. He pitched the last three protecting a 2-0 lead with the series tied 2-2. And he was facing a 93-61 Brooklyn Dodgers squad, not these crappy 91-71 Reds. Roy “Billie” Halladay is no Don Larsen.

Over the past few years, I’ve repeatedly referred to Halladay as an overrated sack of shit. Before and during this season, I criticized the Phillies for acquiring Halladay, who had spent his entire career safely away from postseason pressure with the always mediocre Blue Jays, and said they should have kept Cliff Lee — who did pretty well in his Game 1 yesterday as well. This showy no-hitter certainly won’t change that.  I’m still pretty sure that given the chance, Halladay will come up short in an important game later this postseason.

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3 Responses to “Halladay Pitches Playoff No-Hitter, Not That Big a Deal”

  1. Mike says:

    Chalk’s butt is still sore… unbelievable. What a hack…

  2. George says:

    Does Chalk’s Mommy know he’s playing on the family computer?

    What a buffoon.

  3. Tommy says:

    what a serious loser. this is an internship i hope? kid getting college credit for this waste of time? hope nobody’s paying this idiot for his opinion. if so, whoever’s writing the check needs to get shitcanned something serious.

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