As you all know now Roy Halladay is starting tonight for the National League against the Angels Jered Weaver.
I have to say that I’m kinda shocked that Bruce Bochy picked Halladay after the Phillies made all those statements saying that they would prefer that he didn’t pitch. You would have figured that Bochy would have opted for Jiar Jurrjens with his 12-3 record, and a1.87ERA but he stuck with Halladay.
“I couldn’t have a better guy to start the All-Star Game for us,” Bochy said. ”You talk about the elite pitchers in the game an you look at his numbers this year, it’s obvious he’s deserving.”
I hope Tim Lincecum reads between the lines on that one.
“Doc is one of the best pitchers of our generation, and you’ve got to have a lot of confidence in him,” said Cole Hamels. “I get to see him every five days. A lot of people don’t. With the work ethic that he has, he puts a lot of confidence in the team. So to have him start, he’s going to do what he does best, and I think that’s going to put us in a really good position to win. Because this game means something, you want that.”
Hamels may just be the first person I have seen say that the game means something.
Cole Hamels will get to just sit back and watch as he pitched on Sunday and is therefore ineligible to play in the game. No argument here. Hamels is having a fantastic season, and is arguably the Phillies best pitcher, if not the best pitcher in the National League.
Enjoy the game tonight!