The Phillies defeated the Marlins 2-1 this afternoon behind a strong start by Roy Halladay. The right-hander allowed just the one run on five hits and a walk with just two strikeouts. Laynce Nix pinch-hit for Halladay in the top of the 9th and broke the 1-1 tie with a solo home run, putting the veteran in line for his 200th victory. Jonathan Papelbon nailed down the save, allowing Halladay to become the 112th pitcher in baseball history to earn 200 or more career victories.
Halladay struggled in his first two starts, allowing 12 runs in 7.1 innings of work, but was able to right the ship at least for one day against the Marlins. All along, Halladay has insisted his problems were mental and not physical, despite mechanical changes, a drop in velocity, and an altered approach.
Always businesslike, Halladay was in no mood to celebrate the milestone:
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz hasn’t pitched in a week due to soreness in his left forearm. He threw a bullpen on Thursday afternoon and said, “I definitely feel like I can maybe help (as a reliever in the playoffs,” as ESPN’s Scott Lauber reports.
The Red Sox clinched the AL East on Wednesday, so they don’t need to rush Pomeranz along. And using him out of the bullpen might ultimately be best as he regressed quite a bit after coming to Boston from San Diego in July. In 13 starts with the Red Sox, Pomeranz has a 4.68 ERA with a 69/24 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings.
Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz have been throwing the ball quite well as of late. Paired with Rick Porcello and David Price, the Red Sox still have the depth to be menacing in the postseason.
Remember Jesus Montero? The former Yankees and Mariners prospect? Well, he was picked up by the Blue Jays back in March after the Mariners waived him and played 126 games for Triple-A Buffalo this year. That went alright, I suppose, with Montero hitting .317/.349/.438 with 11 homers. He played a bit of first base too, trying to break the mold he’s been stuck in as a 26-year-old DH.
If this season was a platform for him to make one last push to the bigs, the platform was just pulled out from under him: he has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for dimethylbutylamine (DMBA), a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The minor league season is over, of course, so he’ll serve that suspension next season. Assuming the Jays keep him in the fold.