In today’s game against the Phillies, James McDonald went from worthy opponent of Roy Halladay’s to experiencing an extreme case of Steve Blass disease. In his 4+ innings, McDonald gave up 3 hits, 5 walks, struck out 3, and was charged with three runs. Updated: Oh yeah, and he was charged with two wild pitches (though some of that is on Dusty Brown’s shoulders) and he did Raul Ibanez’s sub-.300 OBP a favor by hitting him with a pitch. (thanks to Seminary Dan for the catch.)
Still, look at this little breakdown:
Innings 1-2: 27 pitches, 20 strikes.
Innings 3-5: 52 pitches, 21 strikes.
Was he getting squeezed? Absolutely not. From Brooks Baseball: