It’s gettin’ old.
The Phillies lost yet another start of Roy Halladay‘s on Wednesday, falling 4-3 to the Reds. Doc went complete, allowing thirteen hits (but no walks) and striking out ten.
If one were to simply look at the box score, a statement like “Halladay did not pitch well” might ring true, but the fact of the matter is that the best pitcher in baseball was again brilliant on this particular day.
Halladay was razor-sharp through the first five innings – allowing only five baserunners to reach. Of the five, four hits were on very good pitches.
Doc made two mistakes all game and both left the yard. Aside from the homers of Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, Halladay scattered his hits and completely overmatched Reds batters when he needed to. Save for the perfect game – his swing-and-miss stuff has not been better in a Phillies uniform than on this day.
But in what is becoming an ugly tradition, the Phillies, as a unit, failed Roy Halladay. A patchwork lineup managed only three runs, all of which came on a fourth inning Dane Sardinha homer.
Eight other hits (all singles) were tallied, and one walk was drawn, but 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position ain’t gonna get it done.
The Phillies (3-7) have managed 27 total runs in Halladay’s last ten starts, and even THAT is misleading – take away the 9-0 Blue Jays win and the Phils have scored a mere 2.0 runs per game for Doc since May 12. Unacceptable.
Offensive woes are one thing, but the Phillies defense has been equally shoddy for Halladay – committing nine errors in his starts. Zack Greinke is the only major league pitcher whose defense has erred more on his behalf – the Royals have committed 10 errors for the reigning AL Cy Young.
Poor plays were made today by Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, each of whom played balls they should have caught into doubles. Neither were officially scored as errors, but the trend strangely continued.
There is absolutely no explanation for the poor defense behind Halladay. The Phillies have been an excellent defensive unit for several seasons, and Halladay is the perfect pitcher to field for – he works extremely fast, throws strike after strike, and keeps you on your toes.
Remember the preseason predictions of 22-4 for Doc? Or 20-6? Or how about the fans and analysts taking it a step further and (unrealistically) predicting 30 wins?
Well, due to no fault of his own, Roy Halladay is 9-7 through 17 starts and the Phillies are 9-8 as a team when he pitches.
My question is, how many of you would have believed the above sentence in March?
Say whatever you want about the homers of Votto and Bruce. Doc was his usual dominant self on Wednesday and once again suffered an undeserved loss.