20 of 21 retired since those opening two hits by Halladay, with him hitting McCutchen being the only blemish. Absurd how good he is.
There's going to be a lot of games like this in April...what a ****ing absurd schedule we have. The best we can hope for is more starts like this from Bedard that at least will give us a fighting chance.
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile, but that it is indifferent. If we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” - Stanley Kubrick
Start the game with 2 hits, going into the 8th looking for the 3rd. Frustrating, but it is Doc Halladay. Would be a shame to waste such a good opener start for Bedard.
2 hits in a game is what the lowest payroll in baseball will get you. It is just the truth. I am not just talking this year but the aggregate of decades of this. No one wants to come here unless it is the last gas stop on the highway of a career. Or forced to by a trade. The only way to change that is some commitment, meaning investment in payroll, by the owner. The McCutchen was a surprising and good start. I did not expect it. But without more, it is meaningless. Lowest payroll in baseball yet again is the bottom line.
Bedard did look pretty good, but there's not a lot that was really revealed in this game... Halladay is still Halladay, people expect Bedard to be a solid starter as long as he is healthy, and nothing else stood out.
Halladay and Lee are #1 to me so struggles against them aren't as meaningful to me because they clearly don't have the bats to really battle against an ace. If they can have a good approach against lesser pitchers like a #3/4 in Worley, I think it would be a better stick to measure the lineup.
The atmosphere was very "blah"...I suppose Roy Halladay had a lot to do with that, but there just wasn't a lot of enthusiasm. I was sitting in the bleachers, normally ground zero for drunken college kids, and really no one got into the game after the 1st inning or so..
Phillies fans are just as annoying as their Flyer-brethren....The guy a few rows behind me yelling "Sit down, Pirates fans!!" after every out we made was particularly amusing. I guess if my team went out and bought a rotation that could shut down the 27 Yankees I'd be a pompous ass too...
To echo everyone else, Bedard looked real strong...can't really say too much about the offense, Halladay and Paps were just dirty, not much we could've done. Cutch grounding into a DP in the 1st was a bummer but oh well, 161 to go.
Impulsively bought an A.J. Burnett jersey so I suppose the day did have it's bright spots...Lets Go Bucs