A Tale Of Two Head Cases

September 5, 2009 – 10:30 am

Toronto 6, NYY 0. With a struggling and innings-limited Joba Chamberlain matched up against Cy Young winner Roy Halladay I guess no one should be surprised that this one ended up being ugly, at least if you are a Yankees fan. But if you are a pitching fan, Halladay did turn in a gem. Heck, in this day and age just pitching a complete game is headline news. When that complete game is a 1-hit shutout, that’s even more amazing. And then to do it against the red hot Yankees, well — you really have to marvel at what Halladay is capable of.

Actually it was kind of interesting to see these two pitchers go up against each other, as they both seem to be struggling of late — although admittedly in two rather different ways. Since the trade deadline passed and Halladay didn’t get traded to a contender, he’s clearly been a head case. In August, he was a very pedestrian 2-4 with a 4.71 ERA and a rather unbelievable .316 BAA. But last night he certainly got his act together. It’s going to be interesting to see where he ends up next year, and how he will perform once he gets back to a stable environment. Like Halladay, Chamberlain also seems to be drifting mentally — for someone who in theory is auditioning for the No. 4 starting spot in the post-season, he looked dreadful. In just three innings, the Jays went 6-for-16 against him, scored three times (two earned), and left 7 runners on base or otherwise the damage would have been a lot worse. Girardi is still publically saying that Joba is on-track, which I guess I agree with. Only problem is that he’s headed in the exact wrong direction on that track.

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