Monday, April 25, 2011

Stat Line of the Day: April 25th

Chris Paul (NO): 27 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists vs. Lakers
Paul (#3) dominated the Lakers,
tying the series up in NoLa
Did Kobe Bryant hurting his ankle have something to do with the Lakers loss? Obviously it didn't help Los Angeles, but tonight was the night where CP3 took over and tied the series up in New Orleans. How good was Chris Paul last night? According to Elias Stats Bureau, the last player to get 25+ pts, 15+ assists and 10+ rebounds in the same playoff game was Oscar Robertson--way back in 1964. Paul just had an overall great night, shooting 50% from the floor and three-point range (7-for 14 and 2-for-2). In addition, Paul hit all 11 of his free-throws, which shouldn't be too surprising considering he shot 88% from the charity stripe this season and 85% for his career. If there was any time for CP3 to have his first triple-double of the season, this was a great night to do it.
Honorable Mention(s)

J. Shields (TB): CG, 4 H,  2 BB, 7 Ks, W @ TOR
James Shields threw a complete-game four-hitter, yet for a while it looked as if his performance might not even be the best of the day. The most impressive part of Shields' performance was his pitch count--he needed just 95 pitches to get through 32 Blue Jays--that's a hair under three pitches per plate appearance, which is a fantastic number. Shields has kept his pitch counts low of late--in his last start, a complete game win against the White Sox, he needed only 105 pitches to get through the game. In a statistical world where pitch counts have reached an incredibly high level of importance, it's nice to have a reliable starter who can get through innings without needing too many pitches.

R. Halladay (PHI): 8.2 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 14 Ks, 1 ER, W @ SD
Until his 9th inning, Doc Halladay looked to be a surefire winner of Stat of the Day. Unfortunately, his ninth inning consisted of three hits and a run allowed, so Roy had to drop into the "Honorable Mention" category for today. Still, anybody who watched the Phillies/Padres game yesterday saw it's pretty tough to have much better "stuff" than Halladay did yesterday. At one point between the 6th and 8th innings, he struck out six consecutive batters--the first three of which were looking. He threw 130 pitches, but 94 of them were strikes--that's what you call a workhorse.

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