Yes, those stats are correct. Roy Halladay has compiled a 2.43 ERA and still his record is 8-6. How is this possible? The Phillies almost seem to relax, offensively and defensively (they have committed some atrocious errors behind Halladay), when Halladay pitches and it is coming back to bite them. An interesting stat, via an ESPN text message, is that the Phillies have scored 9 runs in Halladay’s 6 loses. That is a measly 1.5 runs per game. Even for an offense that has been sputtering for the better part of a month, 1.5 runs per game is ludicrous. The MLB average is 4.48 runs per game according to Baseball-Reference.com. So the Phillies are scoring roughly 3 runs per game fewer than the league average. For the season, even after the poor performance over the last month, the Phillies average 4.65 runs per game, slightly higher than the league average. Halladay is receiving a total of 4 runs per game in run support, over half a run fewer than the Phillies’ average. That number is skewed by a couple of really big wins by the Phillies in Halladay’s first 7 starts. The Phillies have scored 11, 10, 8 and 7 runs for Doc, but every other game (10 in total) they have failed to score more than 4 runs.
Halladay has been as advertised this season, giving the Phillies quality starts almost every time he takes the mound. When the Phillies traded for him, I thought this would be a perfect match. Halladay dominating on the mound, backed up by an offense that was 4th in the majors last year in runs per game. Instead, the Phillies offense has been lost, especially so when Halladay takes the mound. It’s a shame to see a pitcher put up such good numbers and continually lose games. Here’s hoping the Phillies can figure out what the problem is and give Halladay the run support he deserves.