NL East Update: The one where Halladay was great, but not perfect

Only Roy Halladay can pitch seven innings of shutout baseball and still be scrutinized for not having a better outing.

Last night working against the Washington Nationals, Halladay walked three, balked, and was constantly working his way out of jams. You would think these “magic acts” would overshadow the fact that he allowed 11 base runners in seven innings because the Nationals were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Regardless, this is why Philadelphia got this guy, for outings like these. Trust is one of the most important measurements of a starting pitcher and you can always trust players like Halladay and Cliff Lee to give you quality outings.

Will he play, or will he not play? That is the question surrounding the New York Mets and Jason Bay.

It has been about a month now where Bay has been suffering from symptoms of a concussion sustained in Los Angeles. I just don’t understand why the Mets would even consider him playing at all the rest of the season; didn’t they learn anything from the Ryan Church situation? Lets be honest, the Mets are out of the race, give Bay the rest of the year off to fully recuperate instead of rushing him back for meaningless September, its not like he was being productive anyway.

The Atlanta Braves continue to churn out quality pitching prospects, this time, its Brandon Beachy whose making a name for himself.

I love hearing of guys finding success after going to a small school like Indiana Wesleyan and being passed up on in the draft. Beachy sounds like the real deal, you have to tip your cap to the scout who found him. After watching the video interview, you get a feeling that this kid wont be intimidated by the aura of the major leagues, due to his composure and somewhat unusual superstitions. Look for Beachy to be the player to watch in next seasons spring training.

Andrew Miller was a hot pitching prospect coming out of the University of North Carolina, now just a few years later, he looks to be regressing.

For Double-A Jacksonville, Miller has posted a 1-8 record with a 6.01 ERA, 61 BB, 66 K, and a .294 BAA in 85.1 innings of work. The Marlins have to plan on using this lefthander if they went out of their way to call him up, even if he will inherit the role of a “left handed specialist”. Does this mean the Marlins are throwing in the towel for 2010? Why would they bring him up to solve his control problems rather then sending him down where he can do it in far less meaningful games?

In his best outing of the season (and that isn’t saying much), Jason Marquis still found himself on the losing end after a 1-0 disappointment at the hand of the Phillies.

Not only was last night the first time where Marquis reached the fifth inning, it was also the first time where he didn’t allow at least five runs. The veteran pitcher is now 0-6 with a 11.39 ERA on the season. Is this the end of the line for what was once baseballs most consistent starters? Since 2004, Marquis had won at least 11 games each season, clearly he wont reach that mark this year, but a year after winning 15 games with the Colorado Rockies, youd have to think he has something left in the tank, despite the injuries that had kept him out for the first three months of the season.

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