Maybe if Miner is looking to get beyond the fifth inning for Wednesday night’s start, perhaps he can steal a page from Roy Halladay’s outing on Tuesday night. Or, perhaps, he could steal it from Jamie Moyer, which seems to be where Halladay got his inspiration.
With a fastball that only touched 87-mph four times in the first inning, Halladay threw junk on top of junk at the Marlins. He used his fastball 22 times and his cutter 25 times. Then Halladay threw 39 changeups and 13 curves.
Halladay threw five fastballs in his first and last innings, he threw four to the pitcher and just five of them in the second and third innings combined. The Marlins’ No. 2 hitter, Ed Lucas, saw 20 pitches from Halladay and just one was a fastball.
“Doc went out and battled for six innings for the win. Just gutted it out,” manager Ryne Sandberg said. “Made pitches when he had to. He used his defense.”
Halladay likely will have two more starts this season, with one in Miami and the final one in Atlanta. Sandberg says he expects Halladay to pitch similarly to the way he pitched on Tuesday night. Halladay’s stuff was consistent, Sandberg said.
Maybe more importantly to Halladay, he was consistent.
“I think as a pitcher, I’ve always tried to evaluate myself as honestly as possible and that has never been based on numbers or stats,” Halladay said. “To me, I’m concentrating on executing pitches and (making) quality pitches and having the right behavior on the mound, the right mentality. You never want to let your guard down. You never want to show emotion. You never want to do all those things when you’re on the mound. Those are the things that I evaluate myself on and I found if you evaluate yourself by numbers and stats, it never leads to anything good. So I’ve really tried to self-evaluate and I feel like I know what I’m thinking, I know how I feel. As far as evaluating pitch to pitch, execution, all that stuff, I feel like I should be able to evaluate myself honestly. I feel like that’s important. But I’ve never done that by numbers.”
Numbers? Zach Miner is 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA in 13 games for the Phillies this season.
1.) Cesar Hernandez, cf
2.) Jimmy Rollins, ss
3.) Chase Utley, 2b
4.) Carlos Ruiz, c
5.) Dom Brown, lf
6.) Darin Ruf, 1b
7.) Cody Asche, 3b
8.) Roger Bernadina, rf
9.) Zach Miner, p