Even though his win-loss record through 17 starts in 2010 is just 9-7, Roy Halladay is having one hell of a season. Hopefully that will be a little more clear after looking through this slide.
By the way, he's more than twice as deserving of a spot on the NL All-Star Team than Jamie Moyer.
Of course, this has been Halladay's MO for years, but that doesn't make his durability in 2010 any less impressive. His six league-leading six complete games have allowed the Phillies to rest their inconsistent, injury-plagued bullpen.
Not like this is surprising, either, but he also leads the majors in innings pitched. Halladay's also pitched at least seven innings in 14 of his 17 starts.
When a pitcher gets a win, it usually means he has pitched pretty well – but no one has pitched as well as Roy when he’s been fortunate enough to earn a victory.
In the nine starts in which Halladay has scooped up a win, he has allowed just six earned runs in 72 innings, for an 0.75 ERA. Incredible.
He has allowed two runs or less in each of his wins.
Seems like Roy gets stronger as he pitches later into games. Opponents have just a .228 OBP against him after he's reached 100 pitches. That number took a little bit of a hit in Roy's last start at Cincinnati, but is still very impressive.
It’s always so important for a pitcher to prevent the opposing offense from doing two-out damage in an inning.
Halladay has been at his very best with an opportunity to end an inning and a potential scoring threat for the enemy.
Roy, in 141 at-bats with two outs in an inning, has held the opposition to a .156 batting average and a ridiculously low .444 OPS. Incredible.
Along the same lines as No. 7, Roy has been his best in situations that have required him to be just that.
In 118 at-bats with RISP, Halladay has held opponents to a .178 average. More specifically, opponents have just five hits in 53 at-bats against Roy with two outs and RISP.
It’s so important for a pitcher to be able to put away a hitter once he gets two strikes on him. Not surprisingly, Roy has consistently risen to the occasion in that spot.
In 245 at-bats against Halladay with two strikes, opponents are hitting just .184 with a .509 OPS.
In six starts against the NL East, Halladay is 5-1 with an 0.72 ERA, allowing just four runs in 50 innings.
All three of his complete-game shutouts have come against NL East opposition. Each of his shutouts against the Mets and Braves came following a devastating Phillies defeat the night before.
As you might have heard, Roy’s shutout against the Marlins on Memorial Day Weekend was the 20th perfect game in MLB history.
Some fans might be mildly concerned that Halladay has lost all three of his interleague starts and had a 1-3 record and a 5.03 ERA in four starts against the AL. That shouldn’t be a cause for worry, though.
It’s so much more important that Halladay pitch his best ball against the National League, against whom the Phillies will be competing from April though (hopefully) most of October.
Roy has completely dominated the NL through the first half this season for the Phillies, just as that guy named Cliff Lee did in the second half of last year. Roy is currently 8-4 with a 1.74 ERA in 13 starts against the NL in 2010.
Ultimately, winning is the name of the game, and it’s absolutely amazing that Roy Halladay has managed nine wins at this point. Perhaps no pitcher other than Roy would have nine wins when considering the lack of run support the Phillies have given him.
Clearly, it’s a lot easier to pitch when you’re working with a big lead. Just think of how great Halladay’s statistics would be if he were receiving more run support.
The Phils have scored three runs or less in nine of Halladay's 10 starts dating back to May 6. It gets worse; the Phils have managed just 12 total runs in Halladay's seven losses. Overall, the Phillies have scored three runs or less in 12 of Halladay's 17 starts.
Not only that, but the Phillies have scored three runs or less in FOUR of Roy’s nine wins! So far in 2010, Halladay has won a game by a score of 2-1, 2-0, 1-0, and 3-2.
On the other hand, the Phillie offense has scored six or more runs in eight of Jamie Moyer’s nine wins (that guy always seems to get tons of runs).
Halladay’s 9-7 record is extremely misleading. He could easily have 12 or 13 wins by now if he had been given the offensive backing that all of us assumed he would get in this, his first year in Phillies pinstripes.
PS: How great is this picture?