One of baseball's great mysteries: aces and offenses that can’t score.
Last night, the Phillies backed Roy Halladay’s grade-A start with a pile of potted meat, throwing a wrench into his quest for 30 wins for the second time in a row. Doc burned 132-pitches, the most in the majors this season and the second highest total of his career, in a 2-1 loss to lowly Pirates, leaving Beerleaguer to wonder why the need to turn a May 18 start against the Buccos into an endurance test. Look, Doc is a freak. We get it. But you're 12-4 and cruising through the league, and you're putting your most valuable playoff commodity at risk. Was it Doc’s penance for failing to drop down a bunt in the seventh? Send notice to graveyard shift Citizens Bank Park security: 4 a.m. bunting drills.