So far this season, Roy Halladay’s pitching has been awful and brilliant. In his first two starts, he was roughed up for 12 earned runs and had short outings of 3.1 innings and four innings pitched. He seemed to have found his command and his old Cy Young self in the next two outings.
In those games he only allowed three earned runs in 15 innings of work. His ERA which has been as high as 14.73 has dramatically dropped to 6.04. In his last start, Halladay threw his sinker 50 times because it was working like a sinker should work. So the question for the Philadelphia Phillies’ game tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates is which Halladay will show up. Will we see the former Cy Young Winner version or the ineffective version?
Hopefully for the Phillies — who can’t seem to find any offense — an efficient, effective Halladay will pitch tonight and provide his third-straight quality start. Philadelphia needs to find a way to get some momentum. The pitching hasn’t been lights out all year, but it hasn’t been the worst either. The Phillies could have easily won a few more games this season if they could find some hits and capitalize on the ample scoring chances they have had.
For now ,we hope Halladay keeps his winning streak alive tonight and is lights out. If not, the speculation around his age and the flu he battled during Spring Training will continue. Carlos Ruiz will return on Sunday after serving a 25-game suspension, and that will surely help the pitching staff out as well as the offense.