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Did Roy Halladay Really Save a Boy from an Anaconda Attack in the Amazon?

Earlier this month, some MLB pitchers took a fishing trip to the Amazon.  Roy Halladay, Chris Carpenter, and B.J. Ryan made the trek to Brazil with professional sport fisherman and outdoor enthusiast, Skeet Reese.  According to Reese, it turned into more than just a fishing trip.

In a post on his website entitled “A Jungle Out There,” Reese talked about the trip and noted that while the fishing wasn’t great, there were plenty of adventures.  This was one of them.

We had plenty of wildlife encounters though. Along with the fishing, we decided to go hunting one night, and Carpenter and B.J. both shot a caiman; which is like an alligator. Me and Doc Halladay even came across a local, sitting bare naked on a tree by the river. What we were able to figure out is that he was fishing in the river for tropical fish to sell for aquariums when he got attacked by an anaconda.

The snake apparently bit him on the ass but he was able to free himself before the snake wrapped him up. Instead the snake wrapped around his motor on the back of his little 14 foot dugout canoe and tore it off the back of his boat. Doc and I helped him gather his gear and flip the boat back over and then towed him home. You could definitely see the bite mark on his ass, but he was able to fight it off; amazing.

Just another day in the Amazon.  The question is do you buy this story?  If it were any other pitcher, I would say no.  Since we’re talking about a guy who can do stuff like this, why not?  I’m as big a Doc Halladay fan as the next guy.  Who am I to doubt him?  Thank god for the Doc.

Thanks to CSNPhilly.com for passing the story along.

Roy Halladay’s Only Weakness: Hot Weather Over 90 Degrees

Roy Halladay’s streak of road starts where he pitched at least six innings ended at 63 Monday when he left his start in the fifth inning. The Phillies ace was drenched with sweat, had trouble seeing the plate, and lost velocity on his pitches because of the heat. He was dizzy and possibly dehydrated in Chicago where it was a humid 91 degrees. We already knew that no hitter in baseball is a threat to Halladay, but he does have one weakness: hot temperatures.

Baseball Tonight ran an interesting graphic showing Halladay traditionally struggles in extremely warm weather. He’s made 211 career starts when the temperature was 90 degrees or below, and 10 when it was hotter than that. Keep in mind he played in Toronto where the weather was controlled, but he still made road starts. Here are the numbers:

ROY HALLADAY STATS IN HOT WEATHER

Make him face the Yankees, Red Sox, or ’90s Cleveland Indians and Halladay won’t sweat, but stick him in Arlington in August and he’ll have some trouble. It’s amazing, Roy Halladay’s only weakness is the heat!

Roy Halladay Tosses No-Hitter in Postseason Debut for Phillies

One of the great side stories to the MLB playoffs this year was Roy Halladay getting his first shot at the postseason after spending 12 years in Toronto. Who could have ever imagined that he would throw a freaking no-hitter in his first career postseason start?

The Phillies Cy Young candidate threw the first playoff no-hitter since Don Larsen’s perfect game for the Yankees in 1956, beating the Reds 4-0 in Game 1 of the NLDS. As if that stat wasn’t impressive enough, the no-no comes four and a half months after he threw a perfect game against the Marlins! To place that in context, only four pitchers have thrown two no-hitters in the same season, and the last was Nolan Ryan who’s now an executive with the Rangers.

Halladay needed only 104 pitches to make history happen. Aside from a walk to Jay Bruce in the 5th, Halladay was perfect facing just 28 batters in the game. He only had three three-ball counts and threw 79 of his 104 pitches for strikes. After the game, Doc described his performance as “surreal,” saying “to be able to go out and have a game like that is a dream come true.” It is a dream come true, and it makes the game so special for the fans to enjoy.

With a no-hitter in his postseason debut, the only question is where does Doc and the Phillies go from here? Anything less than winning the World Series would have to be a disappointment. Good thing they’re our World Series favorite. What an incredible start to the 2010 MLB Playoffs!

Roy Halladay Finally Gets a Shot at Pitching in October

There has never been a pitcher in Major League Baseball history that deserves a shot at taking the mound in the postseason more than Roy Hallday.  For years, Halladay was one of the best arms in the American League.  As luck would have it, he was stuck pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Jays have not been to the playoffs since 1993.  The last time they were there, they went on to win a title by defeating — get this — the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.  For almost 20 years, Toronto has been stuck behind the Red Sox, Yankees, and more recently the Rays.  They’re a franchise that just hasn’t managed to get back on track since winning back-to-back titles in the early 90s.

Yet, Halladay never complained.  Anyone who knows anything about baseball saw a perennial Cy Young contender wasting away in a city where baseball fans have become an endangered species.  All Toronto’s ace did during his 12-year stay was take the mound and pitch.  More often than not, he did his job better than any other starter in the AL during that tenure.

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NL Playoff Preview and Players to Watch

Also check out Alan Hull’s AL Playoff Preview

As the season wraps up and the National League contenders begin to separate themselves from one another, here is a look at some key players to watch down the stretch and through October.

ATLANTA BRAVES

Derrek Lee: There is no better way to add zeroes to the back of your next contract than to perform in the post-season when the stakes are the highest and all of baseball is watching. Lee will be looking to sign one last lucrative contract after this season. He had an opportunity to reinvent himself upon being traded to Atlanta, with the hopes he would replace some of the production lost when Chipper Jones went down. Lee responded by hitting a decent .289/.375/.433 since the trade. He will get another chance to start over in October and a few big hits will go a long way for his financial future.

Tommy Hanson: Tim Hudson has had a big season for the Braves, but has faded a bit down the stretch. Hanson, however, is the Braves most talented pitcher and has flown under the radar due to a mediocre win-loss record. This post-season may be a coming-out party for the 23-year-old future ace.

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And the 2010 Cy Young Award Goes to…

AMERICAN LEAGUE WINNER

C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees (20-6, 3.05)

Sabathia will win the American League Cy Young at the end of the season.  With a 21-6 record, he’s certainly a worthy candidate.  The fact that he plays for the New York Yankees has made him a shoe-in, however.  Not to take anything away from Sabathia, but the Yankees offense deserves plenty of credit for his success this year.  There are a ton of pitchers in the A.L. who would be worthy of the Cy Young Award any other year.  Those same pitchers would be worthy of it this year if they played for the Yankees.

Sabathia also helped his own cause by pitching deep into games.  That, on the other hand, is not owed to his teammates.  The Yankees’ workhorse has thrown 224 innings so far this season, which is second only to Felix Hernandez.  To be able to pitch at such a high level with that large of a workload is truly remarkable in this day and age.

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NL Mid-Season Baseball Awards

With baseball at the All-Star break, we assembled the staff here at LBS to select our mid-season baseball awards. Yesterday, we posted the AL awards. Today, it’s the NL awards.

NL MVP

Steve DelVecchio says Joey Votto, 1B, Reds: The Reds, yes the Reds, are in first place and much of it is because of the bat and glove of Votto. He’s hitting .314 with 22 HR and 60 RBI and has made only two errors, yet somehow it took the fans voting him in on the final vote to earn a spot on the NL All-Star team. I’m giving it to him for now because he has the Reds in first, but I’m sure he’ll come back to earth at some point. My honorable mentions are Albert Pujols and David Wright. Isn’t it just a tradition to give it to Pujols? He’s got the stats for it at .307 with 21 HR and 64 RBI. As for Wright, he’s been raking even though the Mets could be the streakiest team in the history of baseball. He has a .314 average with 14 HR and 65 RBI. To top that off, he’s mixed in 15 steals which is just outside the top 10 in the NL.

Alan Hull says Joey Votto: The batting average, home runs and RBI are impressive and he plays on a winning team. Pujols or David Wright are keeping pace and can’t be counted out in the second half.

Jake Walker says Joey Votto: Never has a snub for the All-Star Game proven to be more powerful. When he got left off the roster and relegated to the fan vote, it made everyone wake up to realize how much he was dominating the NL this year.

Larry Brown says Joey Votto: Much like Miguel Cabrera in the AL, Votto has some of the best numbers in the NL across the board. He finished the first half strong by homering in seven of his team’s last 15 games to give him 22 on the year. I’m guessing Albert Pujols catches him and wins it, but Votto’s putting up one heck of a fight.

NL CY YOUNG AWARD

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