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Roy Halladay Says Offense Had Role in 2012 Struggles

Posted By Bill Baer On March 2, 2013 @ 9:00 am In MLB,Philadelphia Phillies | 17 Comments

Roy Halladay said something interesting after his second spring training start against the Yankees yesterday:

Halladay said he struggled last year with having to get back on the mound after sitting in the dugout, especially after Philadelphia would put up big offensive innings with long rallies.

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“Before, those were the innings that would kill me, so I feel good right now, the way I feel physically and conditioning-wise,” Halladay said.

I went back through Halladay’s 2012 game logs to see how true this was. I looked at his biggest innings. Here’s a look in chronological order.

May 2 @ Braves

  • Allowed six runs in the bottom of the fifth
  • Previous inning: Phillies sent six hitters to the plate. Scored two runs and saw a total of 15 pitches.

May 22 vs. Nationals

  • Allowed four runs in the top of the third
  • Previous inning: Phillies sent six hitters to the plate. Scored one run and saw a total of 23 pitches.

May 27 @ Cardinals

  • Allowed four runs in the bottom of the first
  • Previous inning: Phillies sent three hitters to the plate. Scored no runs and saw a total of 11 pitches.

July 23 vs. Brewers

  • Allowed two runs in the top of the first
  • Allowed three runs in the top of the fourth
  • Previous inning: Phillies sent five hitters to the plate. Scored no runs and saw a total of 27 pitches.

August 20 vs. Reds

  • Allowed two runs in the top of the first
  • Allowed three runs in the top of the fifth
  • Previous inning: Phillies sent four hitters to the plate. Scored one run and saw a total of 16 pitches.

August 31 @ Braves

  • Allowed four runs in the bottom of the fifth
  • Previous inning: Phillies sent four hitters to the plate. Scored no runs and saw a total of 17 pitches.

September 11 vs. Marlins

  • Allowed two runs in the top of the third
  • Previous inning: Phillies sent three hitters to the plate. Scored no runs and saw a total of 8 pitches.
  • Allowed two runs in the top of the seventh
  • Previous inning: Phillies sent nine hitters to the plate. Scored four runs and saw a total of 40 pitches.

September 22 vs. Braves

  • Allowed three runs in the top of the first
  • Allowed four runs in the top of the second
  • Previous inning: Phillies sent four hitters to the plate. Scored no runs and saw a total of 16 pitches.

September 29 @ Marlins

  • Allowed three runs in the bottom of the first
  • Previous inning: Phillies sent three hitters to the plate. Scored no runs and saw a total of 11 pitches.

There doesn’t seem to be any real trend to Halladay’s struggles. On average prior to Halladay’s big innings, the Phillies sent 4-5 hitters to the plate, scored 0-1 runs, and saw 18-19 pitches. The Phillies’ offense saw 20 or more pitches in only three of the ten listed games and the Phillies scored two or more runs in only two games.


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