Still Human

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From time to time, I guess we all have our bad days at the office. For Roy Halladay those days are very few and far between, but one of those days just so happened to take place tonight against the Texas Rangers.

Despite giving up 5 runs, Halladay never really let the game get away from him. It was just unfortunate that a few badly placed pitches to Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler translated into 4 runs for the Rangers. If you wipe those two hits from the box score and looking at Halladay’s 9 strikeouts and 0 walks, you’d think it was just another dominant start from the best pitcher in baseball.

The Blue Jays kept the Rangers outfield busy most of the night, pounding it mostly to right and center field. When Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz weren’t making acrobatic plays to rob the Blue Jays of extra base hits, a few of those balls hit to the outfield actually slipped through their fingers. Namely the double in the 3rd inning by Alex Rios, who was convinced at first that it was just another fly out. We were pleasantly surprised by the results.

At least the Jays put themselves in a good position to tie the game in the 8th and the 9th, with the tying run at 3rd base. I wish that Snider, Rios and Wells would have maybe worked the count a little more against Frank Francisco, but I try not to nitpick.

Despite Roy Halladay’s robotic-like exterior, he is still human and does lose a game from time to time. But it’s all a part of his programming – because if he won every single game, then people would probably get suspicious.

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.



  1. bkblades

    April 22, 2009 - 5:39 am

    Roy always seems to have trouble with the Rangers. I feel like his chip glitches with this team. His kryptonite if you will. I’ll try to think of more nerdy cliches signifying his Achilles heel.

  2. woodpeck

    April 22, 2009 - 3:41 pm

    at least he didn’t get injured. the offense shoulda won this one for him. ps: next time, walk kinsler.

  3. Ian H.

    April 22, 2009 - 4:44 pm

    Halladay is 7-7 career against the Rangers. For some reason, they seem to have his number. Perhaps you could say that Halladay-bot has incomplete information on the Texas Rangers.

    Woodpeck, I’m surprised the offense didn’t pull through for Halladay in the 8th. They put themselves in a good position to win the game, but just couldn’t tack on that final run. Oh well, we’ll get em next time!

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