Roy Halladay is back on the mound Thursday night, a game later than expected because of a cold. It's Doc's fourth start since returning from the DL, and while the results of the first three were OK, his actual performance on the mound wasn't.
Halladay has struggled to command his pitches all season. He's walked 26 batters in 51.1 innings and hit eight batters. Prior to this season he averaged seven hit batsmen every 234 innings.
Halladay has hit two batters in each of his last two starts. His last time out, he allowed just one run on three hits but walked five and plunked two. He's had multiple walks in nine of 10 starts this year.
Since returning from shoulder surgery, Halladay has struggled with three of his four pitches. He's thrown 162 sinkers and cutters in those three starts and generated one ... yes, ONE swing-and-miss.
His changeup has been even worse -- opponents have hit .353 off it with two doubles and a homer in those three starts.
Thursday's meeting with San Diego will be one of Halladay's final four starts of the season. If the rotation remains the same, he'll likely face the Marlins twice and the Braves in the final series of the season. So far, he hasn't helped the Phillies come any closer to a decision regarding his future.
Here's the lineup behind him:
1) Cesar Hernandez, CF
2) Jimmy Rollins, SS
3) Chase Utley, 2B
4) Carlos Ruiz, C
5) Darin Ruf, RF
6) Cody Asche, 3B
7) Kevin Frandsen, 1B
8) Freddy Galvis, LF
9) Roy Halladay, P