Quote of the Day: Roy Halladay channels Shakespeare

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Roy Halladay was asked today about facing the Cardinals. And ask you can see from the reporter’s question, the reporter anticipated the whole thing in which athletes always say nice things about their opposition.  Halladay wasn’t having it:

Reporter: Can you talk about the balance of being in touch with what the other team’s capable of, having the proper respect, but at the end of all that, thinking about what do I know I can do and what our team is capable of, so you don’t give too much respect or too little? That balance there.

Halladay: I heard a quote a long time ago, I came here to bury Caesar, not praise him.

Sadly, Halladay didn’t simply drop the mic at that point and walk the hell off someplace. But let’s still give him credit for a little Shakespearean panache here.

UPDATE: To be clear, Halladay is not so straight gangsta that he just said that and ended it.  He went on to explain what he meant (i.e. that he respects the opposition yet has no doubt in his own team).  I clipped that because it was boring. Didn’t mean to mislead.  Still think it would be cooler if Halladay had dropped the mic there.

(via Crossing Broad)

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.