The Year of the Pitcher Continues…: Aces Continue to Dominate in October

During the regular season there were 3 No-hitters, 2 Perfect games, and a near-perfect game.  ERA’s were down and replays of hitters looking silly were up!  As the Postseason moves on, not much has changed.

Ubaldo Jiménez of the Colorado Rockies had one of the great starts to any season. He pitched a no-hitter in April and started the season 15-1.  Dallas Braden of the Oakland Athletics threw a Perfect Game on Mother’s Day which was followed by a Roy Halladay Perfect Game weeks later.  Keeping in mind that there had only been 20 Perfect Games in MLB’s 135 year history, including Braden and Halladay, Detroit Tigers’ Armando Galarraga had a near-perfect game just weeks later and replays of the 27th at-bat showed he should’ve had #21.  Not quite perfect were Edwin Jackson of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Matt Garza of the Tampa Bay Rays, who simply threw No-hitters later in the season.

With all the perfection and nothingness during the regular season, why were we to think the Postseason would be any different?  It hasn’t, it has been more of the same and then some.  Roy Halladay kicked off the Postseason with a No-hitter, only the second in MLB history!  Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants followed throwing a complete game shutout with 14 strikeouts!  The New York Yankees feature Andy Pettitte, the winningest pitcher in Postseason history and CC Sabathia, their Ace who helped lead the Yankees to their 27th World Series Championship last year.  Then there is Cliff Lee, now with the Texas Rangers, who improved his Postseason record to 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA with a win last night at Yankee Stadium.  The same Cliff Lee who was 4-0 last year in the Postseason, helping lead the Philadelphia Phillies to the NL pennant.

As the Postseason moves on, pitching will continue to dominate the headlines. Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay are scheduled to square off in Game 5 of the NLCS.  Cliff Lee is waiting in the wings if the ALCS reaches a Game 7.  And, there is still the possibility that former Phillie, Cliff Lee could square off against the individual he was essentially traded for, current Phillies’ Ace, Roy Halladay!  To be continued…!!!

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Tom Glatz, Bucks County, PA

I’ve lived in the Greater Philadelphia Region my entire life and have been watching/following sports since I was 5 years old!  I have grown to love all that is Philly sports – Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, Eagles, Big 5, Army-Navy, etc.  I love talking/chatting sports with those who like or hate the Philly teams.  I tell it like it is, whether in favor of our Phillies or in favor of those DAMN YANKEES!  😀

tglatz@comcast.net

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