Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Stat Line of the Day: March 22nd

Welcome to the first ever post of our first ever daily series--our Stat Line of the Day. Each day, our team of writers loves keeping their eyes out for interesting stat lines--not just any statistic, but (usually) one specific player's performance that was unusual in some way, either good or bad. It could  potentially be the line put up by a team, a player, or even an entire league, but it's something that happened on that day, not researched over a period of time. Either way, the line is usually enough to make you take a second look, or want to share it with your friends--or, in our case, with our readers. With that being said, let's debut our first winner...
Roy Halladay (P, Philadelphia Phillies) 
7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Just another day at the ballpark for Doc Halladay
Is it the most impressive performance we've ever seen from Roy Halladay? No, of course not--he's got a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter under his belt, in addition to quite a few other gems.  Not only that, this game doesn't count--the MLB regular season doesn't start for another nine days. But, as mentioned throughout our Spring Training previews, baseball numbers get more and more relevant the closer we get to the regular season, and Doc Halladay going against the Boston Red Sox is not a laughing matter. Halladay faced a lineup 3 times over that had Ellsbury, Pedroia, Ortiz, Saltalamacchia, Cameron...I know, not all of the Red Sox starters, but not a AAA lineup either. Holding both Ellsbury and Pedroia to 0-3 days at the top of that lineup is big, and Halladay's gamescore of 67 would have been in his top-10 for starts all last season. If this is how Doc warms up for his NL Cy Young defense, then all of baseball should be quite afraid.

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