The Morning Edition (April 9, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

 

From Last Night:

  • Justin Upton’s 4-hit game powers the Braves past the Marlins
  • Matt Harvey pitches brilliantly again while Halladay struggles as the Mets beat the Phillies 7-2
  • Mitchell Boggs vomits up the game as the Reds rally for 9 runs in the 9th to top the Cards 13-4
  • Clay Buchholz shines as the Red Sox beat the O’s on Opening Day in Boston

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Jake Peavy and Gio Gonzalez hook up in D.C. (7p Eastern)
  • Cliff Lee tries to get the Phillies rotation back on track against the Mets (7p Eastern)
  • The ageless Andy Pettitte tries to quiet the Indians’ bats (7p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Are we watching the end of Roy Halladay?

Three things stood out on Monday in major league baseball. Let’s take them in turn. First, Mitchell Boggs gave up 6 earned runs to go with his four walks in 1/3 of an inning. This is particularly notable because he’s on my fantasy baseball team, so I can tell you that calculates out to a 162.00 ERA and 18.00 WHIP for the day. Good grief. Second, Matt Harvey is very good. The Phillies aren’t the best offense in baseball, but his 7IP, 3H, 1R, 2BB, 9K line is hard to ignore. For the season, he’s 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA, 1.14 FIP and a 12.21 K/9. Stats don’t mean much over two starts, but those are pretty snazzy. Matt Harvey is officially my non-Tiger man-crush of 2013. Third, Roy Halladay might be slipping away from us. Against the Mets on Monday he went 4IP, gave up 7 earned runs, walked 3, and struckout just 3 as well. His ERA on the season is 14.73. Again, you don’t want to make too much of the numbers, but Halladay, after a rough 2012 and rough spring, just doesn’t look like the pitcher we used to know. A one time surgeon of the strikezone, now looks as if he is using Apple Maps to find it. Just two years ago, at the start of 2011, I wouldn’t have batted an eye that Doc was the best pitcher in baseball. This year, he didn’t make my top 9 NL pitchers. I’m not sure he’s in the top 40 right now. He has to be hurt, right? It’s tough to watch.

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