Just as he did in the 2010 season, Roy Halladay dominates the New York Mets once again. Halladay pitched seven shutout innings as the Philadelphia Phillies roughed up the Mets for an 11-0 victory. Wilson Valdez (4/4, 3 RBI) had a career-high four hits.
Halladay – the 2010 winner of the NL Cy Young Award – was his usual self today. In seven innings of work, Halladay conceded six hits, one walk (his first walk issued this season) and struck out seven batters while picking up his first victory of the season. Halladay also managed to escape several jams today, as the Mets left 17 men on base throughout the game. Halladay’s performance leaves him with a 0.69 ERA after two starts this season. Since joining the Phillies in 2010, Halladay is now 5-0 in five starts against the Mets with a 2.09 ERA.
With the departure of Jayson Werth during free agency and the injury to Chase Utley, many baseball pundits had questions about the Phillies offense. Thus far, the offense is is proving to be as might as they ever were. In all eight of their innings today, the Phillies’ leadoff hitters reached on base. The 1-4 hitters were a collective .368 (7/19) with three runs and five RBIs; the 6-8 hitters were a collective .545 (6/11) with seven runs and six RBIs.
The Phillies go on the road tommorow to face the Atlanta Braves. Cliff Lee (1-0, 3.86 ERA) will pitch the first game of the three-game series.
- Placido Polanco (.440 AVG) now has four multi-hit games this season
- The Phillies (5-1) now have 43 runs and a .353 AVG in six games