A Much Needed Halladay

Thumbnail image for halladay 0416 2010.jpgJust the other day we were talking about how Phillies starters did not allow an earned run against Atlanta.

Then Arizona happened.

Cole Hamels allowed four home runs (and six runs in six innings) in Friday’s 7-4 loss to the Diamondbacks and Kyle Kendrick put up a five-spot in the fifth inning in yesterday’s 8-6 loss.

Phillies starters are 9-3 with a 3.69 ERA (45 earned runs in 109 2/3 innings) this season, which ranks sixth in the National League and 10th in baseball. But Phillies starters not named Roy Halladay are 5-3 with a 4.93 ERA (42 earned runs in 76 2/3 innings). And the pitcher who is keeping that ERA under 5.00 for the rest of the starters (J.A. Happ) is on the disabled list:

Happ: 1-0, 0.00 ERA (no earned runs in 10 1/3 innings).
Nelson Figueroa: 0-0, 3.60 ERA (two earned runs in five innings).
Jamie Moyer: 2-1, 5.00 ERA (10 earned runs in 18 innings).
Hamels: 2-2, 5.11 ERA (14 earned runs in 24 2/3 innings).
Kendrick: 0-0, 7.71 ERA (16 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings).

Simply put, things need to get a whole lot better.

Halladay faces San Francisco’s Jonathan Sanchez (1-1, 1.86 ERA) beginning at 10:15 p.m. tonight at AT&T Park. Sanchez is 1-1 with a 3.74 ERA in his career against the Phillies, but went 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA in two starts against the Phillies last season. On paper it looks like a tough series for the Phillies offense. They have Sanchez tonight and Tim Lincecum on Wednesday. The Phillies have hit just .232 and averaged just 3.4 runs per game in their last eight games, although they have hit .273 and averaged 5.3 runs per game in their past four.

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3 Comments

COOL BEANS! Howard is now the $125 million $$ man :-) (Guess that means Werth is a goner at the end of the season)

Great article but my thoughts are somewhere else,
Ryan Howard being signed long term..anyones thoughts?

Call me crazy but do you think that this now gives them option to sign Werth to a 7 year back ended contract and he will get his money when Howard is gone after 5?

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