Spring Training: Roy Halladay Cruises Against Washington Nationals In Third Outing

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Saying that Roy Halladay struggled for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012 would be an understatement.

Halladay is coming off of what could be considered one of the worst seasons of his career. Dealing with back and shoulder issues throughout the season, Halladay finished 2012 with a record of 11-8, an ERA of 4.49 and only 156.1 innings pitched.

To make sure that he can get back to throwing All-Star quality outings, Halladay changed his off-season workout regiment.

Through two Spring Training starts, Halladay has thrown 4.1 innings, given up four hits, two earned runs, one home run, and struck out five batters. Wednesday afternoon, he took the mound for the third time this spring against NL East division foe Washington Nationals.

The outcome was very good.

Halladay cruised through four innings of work. He gave up two hits, both of which were doubles. Other than the two extra-base hits, Halladay did not struggle whatsoever.

He spent most of the day working on his change-up, which fooled two batters for strikeouts. His ground ball pitch, which is usually his sinker, was effective as well. Halladay got five of the fourteen batters he faced to ground out weakly.

Halladay lowered his spring ERA to 2.16. He looked like he had control of all of his pitches. If this start is a sign of things to come, then the Phillies could have their ace back to Cy Young form for the 2013 season.

David A. Cattai is a featured journalist with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter (@DCattaiSports), Facebook, and Google+ for sports updates.

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