Since the start of the 2013 season, Roy Halladay has been going for the 200th win in his illustrious major league career.
After failing to accomplish this in his first two starts, it was Halladay’s struggles on the mound that kept him from becoming only the second active pitcher to achieve this feat. In his third attempt, it was another lackluster performance by the Philadelphia Phillies‘ offense that almost ruined Halladay’s moment of glory.
As such, Halladay did manage to get the win as he went eight strong innings, giving up just five hits and one earned run. It was easily his best start of the season.
Meanwhile, the Phillies offense went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Sadly enough, and this truly tells the story of how bad the team has been with RISP this season, this wasn’t even their second worst performance of the year.
What is puzzling, or rather frustrating, is that the Phillies had 12 hits in the game. It was not that they were not getting on base, it was just that they couldn’t come up with the big hit in the big moment.
Of course, there were runners on and in scoring position with less than two outs, but the Phillies have never been a team that has manufactured runs in a small-ball type of way. In fact, once again, the Phillies are near the tops of the major league scoreboard when it comes to sacrifice flies, bunts and other hits.
But despite the offensive struggles, Halladay was poised and in control of his pitches. He threw with a strong sense of command, kept his pitch count under control and did not make too many mistakes.
For Halladay, there were two things in particular that are of note from this game. The first is that he didn’t give up any home runs and only gave up one double and the second of which being that he was able to work out of a few jams and minimize damage.
Of course, critics of Halladay’s performance may say it is not significant because after all. He held the team with the 30th worst standing in runs scored and 29th worst standing in batting average, to one run on five hits.
But regardless, no one can taint that Halladay has deserved this 200th win and that he pitched well to get it. Going forward, it is something like this that could be the factor in one of the game’s best aces turning his season around.
And for Phillies fans everywhere, this is exactly what they want to see.