Phils Will Watch Halladay's Numbers Game
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(Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Posted May 20, 2010


Roy Halladay has pitched deep into games, including a complete game loss this week to Pittsburgh. But the number of pitches on his arm this season are starting to build and Charlie Manuel will start to keep a closer watch.

Roy Halladay pitches complete games like Ryan Howard hits homers. He makes a habit out of it and does it better than anyone in baseball.

But after Halladay threw 133 pitches in a complete-game effort Tuesday night, one pitch short of his career high, manager Charlie Manuel was asked if he needs to be more cautious with his ace this early in a season. Although Halladay has led the major leagues in complete games in each of the last three seasons, he broke a new barrier this month: He has thrown 118 pitches or more in four consecutive starts for the first time in his 12-year career.

"I think you have to monitor him," Manuel said. "For instance, he's got two in a row now at 121 and 132 (pitches). If he goes this next outing 120 to 125, three times in a row with how much time is left (in the season), that definitely could have a toll. ... This next outing, I don't want to see him throw 125 pitches. I feel over a course of a year, that could definitely wear him down."

Halladay is never going to willingly leave a game. That said, he also understands his arm and body better than anybody and trusts he can monitor his own work in between starts so he can get the maximum effort on game days.

"I've learned you make the adjustments on your work days in between," Halladay said. "That's where you adjust for how many pitches you throw. If you throw more, you cut down on your bullpen (session). I've always felt that I can regulate how I feel every five days as long as I'm smart about my work days. In the next couple days, I'll see how I feel, and if I need to back off a bullpen or something, I'll do it. But you just have to listen to your body."

Roy Halladay's career stats

Year Team W L ERA G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB SO
1998 Toronto 1 0 1.93 2 2 1 14.0 9 4 3 2 2 13
1999 Toronto 8 7 3.92 36 18 1 149.1 156 76 65 19 79 82
2000 Toronto 4 7 10.64 19 13 0 67.2 107 87 80 14 42 44
2001 Toronto 5 3 3.16 17 16 1 105.1 97 41 37 3 25 96
2002 Toronto 19 7 2.93 34 34 2 239.1 223 93 78 10 62 168
2003 Toronto 22 7 3.25 36 36 9 266.0 253 111 96 26 32 204
2004 Toronto 8 8 4.20 21 21 1 133.0 140 66 62 13 39 95
2005 Toronto 12 4 2.41 19 19 5 141.2 118 39 38 11 18 108
2006 Toronto 16 5 3.19 32 32 4 220.0 208 82 78 19 34 132
2007 Toronto 16 7 3.71 31 31 7 225.1 232 101 93 15 48 139
2008 Toronto 20 11 2.78 34 33 9 246.0 220 88 76 18 39 206
2009 Toronto 17 10 2.79 32 32 9 239.0 234 82 74 22 35 208
2010 Philadelphia 6 2 1.64 9 9 4 71.1 65 16 13 2 10 58
TOTALS 154 78 3.37 322 296 53 2118.0 2062 886 793 174 465 1553

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Stats through 5/19/2010.




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