Beerleaguers also recognize Roy Halladay’s poise in working out of jams even when he doesn’t have his A-game.
“When I was a kid, winning 20 games was quite an achievement, but usually each league had a handful of 20 game winners. Now, with the pitch count limits and designated by inning relievers, starters aren't involved in as many decisions, so instead of a handful of 20 game winners each year, in each league, we now get a handful of 20 game winners each decade. My hat is off to Roy. His 20 wins are a great achievement. How many wins does he who shall not be named have this year? The answer is 12.” – Lake Fred
"Doc certainly hasn't brought it the past handful of starts, but this is really the only spell like this this season for him. I'm sure that the extra rest days will catch up with him soon enough. And can you think of anyone who would will themselves towards superiority more than Halladay for his first round of playoffs?" – Sam"Halladay induced a key ground ball that would have gotten him out of an inning without giving up a run, but Rick Ankiel, who slid outside the basepath, got hit in the hand with the ball coming out of Valdez's hand. If that double play gets turned, or is ruled a double play on the basis of Ankiel clearly going outside of the basepaths. Halladay's night doesn't look quite so un-Halladaysian anymore, as he likely goes 7, giving up 2 ER, or maybe goes into the 8th, as he would have had less pitches. No matter what, though, he always gives the Phillies a chance to win." – Fatalotti