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One Trick Pony My Ass: Special Roy Halladay 14 Strike Out Edition!

Kyle Scott - April 25, 2011

Graphs courtesy of

These are beginning to come too easily. Then again, that’s something you should take up with a different doctor. I’m just here to spit sweet thruthisms at Pat Jordan, the NY Times writer who said the Phillies' Four Aces were one-trick ponies.

PJ would like you to believe that Roy Halladay’s success stems from nothing more than his psychic zone and sick cutter. Those things contribute, but just like his teammates, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt, this pony knows several tricks.

Purple dots: Peekaboo curveballs that break up to nine inches at 76 M.P.H. Ah! Where’d they go?


They dropped out of the fucking strike zone. That’s where they went.

Light blue dots: Two-seam fastballs that slice up to 15 inches backward. That’s some magic ish right there, baby.

Changeups with 15 inch tails (the yellow dots)? Mythical creatures, no doubt. Falsities. They exist, kids. Enchanting pitches that come from only the biggest and safest of hands.

Let’s compare Doc to another right-hander – say, a well above-average guy like John Lackey, who got the win for the Red Sox last night.

Note: The higher the dots are on the graph- the faster the pitch. Their position left or right indicates the ball's movement from center. Simple, yo.

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One Trick Pony My Ass: Roy Oswalt Edition

Kyle Scott - April 22, 2011


In the never ending quest to prove Pat Jordan (NY Times writer who said the Phillies aces were "one trick ponies") wrong and document all of the weapons available to the Four Aces, we bring you the latest installment of "OTPMA," which looks sort of like an acronym for a rare condition affecting menopausal women.

Today, Bud Black talks about Roy Oswalt, who threw six scoreless innings last night with a tender back: []

"His fastball had some life on it and he spotted it in and out of the strike zone," Black said. "He used four pitches and used them all effectively. He used all his weapons."

"I usually throw a slider one way and I threw it a different way," said Oswalt, showing his normal slider grip and the grip he used in the final pitch to Cantu. "I spiked it."


Fastball, four weapons, spiked slider. This one trick pony just busted out a harmonica and played Taps to PJ's piece.

H/T to (@SHBazTBone) for the quote

Day One Spring Training Roundup

Kyle Scott - February 13, 2011


Source: Yong Kim on's Twitter account

Aces and catchers will hold their first official workout tomorrow, but many of them took to the field today. 

A number of the beat writers have already recapped the events, which included mandatory physicals for pitchers and catchers.

Ryan Lawrence of the Delco Times:

On if his [Rich Dubee's] job is easier with ace-laden rotation: "I was going to bring a recliner to spring training, but I figured I better stay on my feet for a little while. There's still work to be done."


Ry Law (only because I don't feel like spelling out his name all season long) also talked about Chase Utley being on Facebook, which we told you about a few weeks ago. Seems like Chasey is for realsies with this thing. Might be a PR person doing the updating, but Chase is the last person we would have expected to see posting pictures like this (posted on Thursday)… Perhaps the nine figure contracts given to Howard, Lee, and Werth have incented Chase to grow his brand a bit.

It moved

David Hale of Delaware Online (who keeps a tremendous blog of factoids that might not otherwise find their way into print):

Most oddly surreal moment of the morning: A random guy walked into the locker room and was stopped by a Phillies employee, who asked which media outlet he was with. “I’m not with anyone,” he said. “I’m just going to use the restroom.” I suppose it beats stopping at a McDonalds.


Hale also mentions that Chase was the only (regular) position player in attendance today.

Matt Gelb of the Inquirer:

Jimmy Rollins was not seen today, but he has been using the facilities in Clearwater over the last week. Why is that noteworthy? Well, Rollins almost never shows up before the mandatory date for position players.

A few Phillies officials made a point of noting Rollins' early arrival. One of them was hitting coach Greg Gross, who said he was surprised to see Rollins so early. He said Rollins appears to be in great shape.

Of course, there should be no shortage of motivation for Rollins, who is entering a contract year.


Ah yes, the "he showed up to Spring Training a week early so he must really care" story of the year. Next level Spring Training maneuver from Rollins.

All of those recaps are worth a read today.

There's also a shit ton of national press already in Clearwater. Buster Olney was there doing a live shot on ESPN, a writer from Sports Illustrated is tailing the team, and cameras captured Roy Halladay taking off his shoes. It has begun, folks.

That's it. Most of the players went to a golf tournament in the afternoon. Life ain't easy in the FLA.

Pat Burrell: Two Rings, One Hit

Kyle Scott - November 4, 2010


Nice shirt, Pat.