The thing that tells him it’s playoff time. It’s not unlike the thing Peter Griffin speaks of, the thing that is ingrained in all men and tells them when someone touches the thermostat.
Doc’s thing went off.
Last year, with a chance to clinch the division and his first playoff appearance, the Doctor threw a complete shutout in front of 20,000 Phillies fans in Washington.
In his first post-season start, he threw a no-hitter. A no-hitter. Thing. Off.
Yesterday, our two-armed beast took the mound, this time with a chance to pitch the Phillies into the playoffs, on September 14th.
Complete game shutout.
Doc’s thing went off.
Doc threw 35 curveballs. Incredibly, 28 of them were for strikes. 28. That’s 80%. Excuse me for a second: That’s fucking ridiculous.
Image via Brooks Baseball
Want to know why he threw so many? Just take a gander at those purple dots. He threw some curveballs that were nearly 20 mph less than his fastball, and most of them broke between 9 and 13 inches. That’s, like, a foot. This is absolutely the baseball equivalent of being well-hung. If Cliff Lee pisses excellence on the mound, then, yesterday, Doc unzipped and left behind a pile of DNA on Houston’s bump.
If that doesn’t leave you rock solid and with amatory baseball feelings, then take a look at the comparison between Doc and Cliff.
Before yesterday’s game, their numbers were very similar- same ERA and innings pitched, and many other numbers that were nearly identical. One thoroughbred briefly inched ahead in the Cy Young race:
Roy Halladay: 219.2 IP, 2.34 ERA, 211 K, 30 BB, 1.04 WHIP, 8 CG, 1 SO
Cliff Lee: 210.2, 2.44 ERA, 211 K, 42 BB, 1.03 WHIP, 6 CG, 6 SO
Today, Clifton Phifer will have a chance to equal Doc. Should he throw another complete game shutout, they will once again have the same number of innings pitched and an identical ERA.
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