Roy Halladay might have run into some early season struggles but he was able to right the ship for at least one start as he wracked up career win number 200. Its possible that Halladay simply ran into one of the worst teams in baseball in the Miami Marlins or its possible the Philadelphia ace is finding his footing.
Halladay has been a pitcher that has been as dependable as any in baseball over the last few years. Pitching for the Toronto Bluejays and the Phillies, the man often referred to simply as “Doc” has won more than 20 games three separate times and came up one win short of that mark two other times.
As he gets older, the pitcher is starting to look a little more human. Last year Halladay missed a good part of the season with shoulder problems. This season, the pitcher’s first two starts of the season were simply awful.
Roy Halladay had managed to go just 7.1 innings pitched in two starts, while allowing 12 hits and 12 earned runs. During today’s start, the pitcher went eight innings, gave up just five hits and one earned run and didn’t allow a homer.
The Phillie’s top gun had allowed three homers in his first two starts of the year. Despite putting together his best start of the season, Halladay was almost robbed of his 200th win thanks to a poor offensive showing by his own team.
It took Laynce Nix hitting his second pinch hit home run of the season in the top of the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie for Philadelphia. Jonathan Papelbon was able to come in and shut the door in the bottom of the ninth and Halladay had his milestone.
Roy Halladay is the first pitcher since 1978 that has won his 200th career game while wearing a Philadelphia Phillies uniform.