I love you, man!
In honor of Roy Halladay squaring off against the Reds tonight for the first time since he threw the second post-season no-hitter in baseball history, here are the stories we brought you about the amazing game right after it happened.
The Game Recap: Halladay's stuff was as good as it's ever been. The fastball darted in and out. His command was impeccable. He only needed 104 pitches. I'm just floored right now. He has a Perfect Game and a postseason no-hitter under his belt. We are lucky fans!
The Morning After Links: Rob Neyer: "Letting Roy Halladay loose against the National League this year was like locking a hungry wolf inside a garage full of kittens." That's graphic. But I like it.
The Game Autopsy: The line tells the basic story (9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 E, W), but a full appreciation of just how dominant Roy's performance was requires a deeper look into the numbers.
The Historical Phillies Perspective: But how does it rank among the top Phillies post-season starting pitching performances? Since Halladay's gem was the second no-hitter in post-season history, you'd be forgiven for thinking that, since the first no-hitter, Don Larsen's perfect game, was not pitched by a Phillie, the obvious answer is that Halladay's performance is the best ever by a Phillie in the playoffs. Well, you'd be wrong.
The Challenge for Li'l Roy: So starter Roy Oswalt has a good deal to live up to when he takes the mound for Game Two. The good news? He brings a 23-3 career record and 2.81 ERA in 34 career appearances (32 starts) against the Reds. But that's over a ten-year career, during which time he faced (and mostly pwned) a passel of Scott Hattebergs and Sean Caseys and Ryan Freels; how about this Reds team?
What an amazing moment in Phillies history that was. Enjoy re-living it this morning!