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Roy Halladay's top moments with the Phillies
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The third and fourth years of Roy Halladay's Phillies career were frustrating and disappointing for everyone involved, but his first two seasons in red pinstripes were historic, for both the franchise and the game itself.
When Halladay pitched his perfect game in Miami on May 29, 2010, it was only the second perfecto by a likely Hall of Famer since 1968. Randy Johnson tossed one in 2004, but the other nine authors between Catfish Hunter and Halladay either belong in the Hall of Stats (David Cone, David Wells, Mark Buehrle, Kenny Rogers, Denny Martinez) or were Dallas Braden, Mike Witt and Tom Browning.
When Halladay no-hit the Reds at Citizens Bank Park in his first-ever postseason start, it was the first playoff no-hitter since Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Those two remain the only pitchers ever to throw playoff no-hitters. Carlos Ruiz running toward the mound to embrace Halladay after the NLDS win is a memory etched into the minds of Phillies fans for eternity.
Those were two epic games. But Halladay had many more memorable moments outside of those two. Let's take a look at some:
Dec. 16, 2009
Halladay is traded from the Blue Jays to the Phillies for highly touted right-hander Kyle Drabek, outfielder Michael Taylor and catcher Travis D’Arnaud.
Drabek was the Phillies’ top pitching prospect. He’s now 26, has had two Tommy John surgeries and a career 113-to-109 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 170 major-league innings. He’s on the way back from the elbow surgery, and in the second half of 2013 had just six walks in 42 innings in the minors.
Taylor was a genius sell-high by Ruben Amaro Jr. The Blue Jays wanted Domonic Brown, but the Phils instead traded them Taylor, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound outfielder who was coming off a .320/.395/.549, 20-homer season at Double A and Triple A. He hasn’t hit since.
D’Arnaud was annually a top-rated league-wide prospect behind the plate, and he’s since been traded from Toronto to the Mets for R.A. Dickey. He could be the Mets’ backstop in 2014.
The Halladay deal was a clear win for the Phillies, even if he was only elite for two of the four seasons. He signed a three-year, $60 million extension with the Phils, certainly leaving free-agent money on the table.
Of course, Cliff Lee was traded to Seattle on the same day, in Amaro’s worst move as Phillies GM.
April 5, 2010
Halladay pitches as advertised in his very first start with the Phillies. At Nationals Park, he allows one run over seven innings and strikes out nine in an 11-1 Phillies rout.
He follows it up six days later with a complete game against the Astros.
May 1, 2010
For the second time in three starts, Halladay shuts out a division opponent. The Mets muster three hits, 10 days after the Braves scattered five.
June 10, 2010
Two weeks after the perfect game in Miami, Halladay stifles the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park, allowing one run over eight innings to lower his ERA to a measly 1.96 through 13 starts.
July 10, 2010
In probably the best pitchers' duel ever at Citizens Bank Park, Halladay tosses nine shutout innings but gets a no-decision. Reds lefty Travis Wood carries a perfect game into the bottom of the ninth, where Carlos Ruiz greets him with a double.
The Phillies walk off with the 1-0 win in the 11th when Jimmy Rollins singles in Ruiz.
Sept. 21, 2010
With a 5-3 victory over the Braves, Doc becomes the first Phillie since Steve Carlton in 1982 to win 20 games in a season.
Sept. 27, 2010
Just another shutout of a division opponent. Halladay's 8-0 win over the Nats makes him 5-0 in September, clinches the NL East for the Phillies and sends Doc on his first playoff journey.
Oct. 21, 2010
Facing elimination in the NLCS against the Giants, Halladay gives the Phillies six solid innings to earn a 4-2 win. It forces a Game 6, which the Phillies lose, 3-2, on Juan Uribe’s eighth-inning, game-winning home run off Ryan Madson, ending the deepest playoff run of any team Halladay was ever on.
Nov. 16, 2010
In a unanimous vote, Halladay wins the NL Cy Young award.
He finished the season 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA and 7.3 times as many strikeouts as walks. Halladay walked 1.08 batters per nine innings, the fifth-lowest rate ever in a season of 250-plus innings.
April 24, 2011
Halladay strikes out 14 Padres and comes one out short of a complete game, sealing a four-game sweep for the Phils.
May 15, 2011
For the second straight start, Halladay pitches a complete game on the road but loses. That 2011 Phillies offense was inconsistent -- especially before Hunter Pence arrived -- and ended up costing them a World Series.
The Phillies go on to win Halladay's next 10 starts leading up to the All-Star break.
July 12, 2011
Halladay starts the All-Star Game for the NL and pitches two scoreless innings. Rotation-mates Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels also make the team.
Aug. 16, 2011
For the second time in 2011, Halladay strikes out 14. But the Phillies fall to the Diamondbacks, 3-2.
Aug. 30, 2011
The Reds manage two hits on Halladay over seven scoreless innings. The next night, Cliff Lee pitches the Phillies' 19th shutout of the season to finish his own August 5-0 with a 0.45 ERA.
As capable as Halladay and Lee were in 2011 of shutting an opponent out for 16 consecutive innings, this was surprisingly the only cycle through the rotation all year in which neither allowed a run.
Sept. 14, 2011
Halladay pitches the 20th and final shutout of his major-league career, allowing just six singles to the Astros to improve to 18-5 with a 2.34 ERA.
Oct. 1, 2011
Halladay gives up a three-run homer to Lance Berkman in the first inning of Game 1 of the NLDS. But after a leadoff single in the second, Halladay retires 21 Cardinals in a row and the Phillies win, 11-6.
Oct. 7, 2011
Halladay’s first-inning nightmares continue when Rafael Furcal greets him with a leadoff triple and Skip Schumaker follows up with an RBI double. But again, Halladay bears down and doesn’t allow a run the rest of the game.
Chris Carpenter is even better and beats the Phillies, 1-0, in one of the more painful games in team history.
Nov. 17, 2011
After finishing the year 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA, Halladay finishes second in NL Cy Young voting to Clayton Kershaw (21-5, 2.28).
Kershaw had Halladay in strikeouts (248 to 220) and WHIP (0.98 to 1.04), but Halladay pitched one-third of an inning more than Kershaw in one less start, had three more complete games and had a better ballpark-adjusted ERA.
Halladay also pitched for a 102-win team, while Kershaw’s Dodgers missed the playoffs at 82-79. In some other years, Halladay may have won his second straight Cy Young.
Over the next two seasons Halladay would struggle through back and shoulder issues. At times he’d dominate, at times have no command at all. That’s what 223 innings per year for 10 straight years will do to even the most well-conditioned human body.
Dec. 9, 2013
Halladay announces his retirement after 16 major-league seasons. He finishes his career 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA.
From 2002-11, Halladay had 63 complete games -- 30 more than CC Sabathia, who ranked second. Nineteen teams didn’t have as many complete games as Halladay.
From 2008-11, Halladay struck out 22 percent of the batters he faced and walked four percent. His ERA was 60 percent better than the league average.
He made eight All-Star teams, won two Cy Youngs and finished in the top five in voting seven times.
During Halladay’s decade of dominance (2002-11), his teams won 64 percent of his starts. Eight of those seasons were with the Blue Jays, who didn’t win more than 86 games. Remarkable.
Hall of Famer? We’ll break down his case in depth later in the week.