As you may have heard (or even watched), Roy Halladay pitched eight innings of two-hit ball in the Phillies’ shutout of the Pirates on Opening Day. Corey Seidman has broken down the entire outing over at CSNPhilly.com, even noting how Halladay was stellar despite some diminished velocity:
His cutter averaged 89 miles per hour and his two-seamer was 90. Last season, his cutter was 91 and his two-seam fastball was 92. In 2010, Halladay’s first year with the Phillies, his cutter was 91.4 and his two-seamer was 92.6.
You can read the full article here.
The Marlins game was understandably cancelled yesterday. The baseball schedule has always gone on in such situations, however, and the Marlins will host the Mets tonight in Miami.
As they do so, they will all be wearing number 16, Jose Fernandez’s number, in honor of their fallen teammate.
A nice gesture on what will certainly be an emotional night.
ESPN’s Keith Law reports the Twins have hired Derek Falvey as their new president of baseball operations.
Falvey has been the Indians assistant general manager for the past year after spending a decade with the organization. He’s only 33 and he’s analytically-inclined. Which, given that the Twins front office has been particularly young or analytically-inclined, should be a pretty major change of pace. It’s also worth noting that going from one year of experience as an assistant general manager all the way to president of baseball operations — who will presumably oversee a general manager of his own — is a big, big jump. Either the Twins have a LOAD of confidence in Falvey or else they were having serious issues finding more experienced candidates. Of course both of those things could be true.
The Twins’ longtime general manager, Terry Ryan, was fired in July. The club lost its 100th game yesterday, marking only the second time since the franchise moved to Minnesota that it has lost that many games.