Welcome to October Roy Halladay.
You couldn’t ask for a better debut. After spending his career in obscurity with the Blue Jays, he finally had his time in the spotlight with the Phillies. In his first ever playoff appearance, he did the unthinkable. “Doc” went to work and threw a no-hitter in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Reds.
Halladay was in control from the first pitch in the 4-0 win. Interesting enough, first pitch was an important theme in this outing. Halladay was constantly throwing first pitch strikes, which is one of the most underrated basic fundamentals in baseball. To start the count 0-1 allows a pitcher like Halladay to dip into his bag of tricks and pick hitters apart. And that’s exactly what he did in.
The amazing part of all of this is every pitch Halladay threw had movement, nothing was flat. That led to 8 strikeouts and the Reds never really made good contact all day. Simply put, an unbelievable display of pitching.
The gem was the 2nd no-hitter in postseason history, The Yankees Don Larsen threw his famous perfect game back in the 1956 World Series.
It’s also the 2nd no-no that Halladay threw this year. He tossed a perfect game May 29th against the Marlins.
What’s interesting is earlier in the day the guy that Halladay replaced in the Phillies rotation, Cliff Lee, allowed one hit in 7 innings and struck out ten in the Rangers 5-1 win over the Rays. Imagine if these two were pitching back to back on the same team. You could just leave the bats on the bus, you won’t be needing them.
Doc set the tone not just for the Phillies, but for everyone else in the playoffs. You want October magic, try to beat that one.
Written by C. James