Has a Roy Halladay start ever been as overshadowed as tonight's? While the baseball world is still buzzing over the Cole Hamels vs. Nationals incident, with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo chiming in Monday morning, the Phillies return home for an important home stand. Tonight Roy Halladay looks to snap his winless drought, and he wil do so against the New York Mets.
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In his last three starts the Phillies offense has failed Halladay, but you can't say the same about last week's meltdown in Atlanta. The bats came alive against the Braves in game two of the three-game series, building a rare 6-0 lead for the ace pitcher, but something went wrong in the bottom of the fifth inning, as the Braves fought back with a six-run outburst keyed by a grand slam by catcher Brian McCann. Halladay was pulled in the middle of the sixth inning and was charged for two more runs. It was a rare type of outing for Halladay, who has earned the right to have a bad outing based on his body of work. But even a bad outing raises questions when the offense gives you a six=run lead in the fifth inning. No matter how gassed you may be, that is a game you have to win. Blame Halladay, and blame the bullpen. That game was not on the offense.
Prior to the start in Atlanta Halladay came up on the short end of losses to two of the National League's worst teams, the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs. Halladay allowed five runs in 14 innings against San Diego and Chicago, but the Phillies were only able to muster one run in each game.
Halladay will make his first start since blowing a six-run lead and being charged for eight runs in Atlanta Wednesday night. After the game Halladay left the team to attend to an unknown family concern, and he rejoined the team a day later in Washington D.C. When he returns to Citizens Bank Park tonight he look to get back on track. With a 9-2 career record against the Mets, with a 2.88 ERA, 1.115 WHIP and 7.0 SO/9 rate you would think that he will be ready to get ack in the win column.
This will be the first time Halladay faces the Mets this season.