Friday, November 27, 2015

Halladay's Ninth-Inning Struggles

Roy Halladay has had some struggles in the ninth inning this season.

Halladay's Ninth-Inning Struggles

Roy Halladay, 7-0 in his previous 10 home starts, had his 14th game with double-digit strikeouts. (RON CORTES / Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay, 7-0 in his previous 10 home starts, had his 14th game with double-digit strikeouts. (RON CORTES / Staff Photographer)

Roy Halladay has pitched into the ninth inning six times this season, and not all have gone smoothly.

He has allowed 12 hits in those six innings and has an ERA of 7.74. That is in direct contrast to last season, when he allowed just four hits and one earned run in nine trips into the ninth.

His 2011 ninth-inning performances along with his 2010 ninth-inning totals:

Date Opponent Score        IP      H     R    ER    BB    SO
April 13 at Nationals Up 3-0    1.0 4 2 2 0 3
April 24 at Padres Up 3-0 0.2 3 1 1 0 0
April 30 Mets Up 2-1 1.0 0 0 0 1 1
June 26 Athletics Up 3-1 1.0 1 0 0 0 0
July 2 at Blue Jays Up 5-3 1.0 1 0 0 0 1
Aug. 16 Diamondbacks    Up 2-1 1.0 3 2 2 1 2
   2011 Totals    (ERA: 7.74)   5.2 12 5 5 2 7
   2010 Totals (ERA: 1.00)   9.0 4 1 1 1 7
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