Didn’t the American League East finally get rid of this guy?
Roy Halladay will be back at Yankee Stadium tonight, this time as the ace of the Philadelphia Phillies. There’s only one truly dominant starter in the Phillies rotation, and the schedule happened to setup a premier matchup between Halladay and CC Sabathia. Quite the way the kick start this World Series rematch.
“Obviously he’s been a great pitcher for a long time,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s pitched great in the National League. He came off a perfect game and then lost his next game 1-0. I don’t think much has changed about him. We just don’t see him quite as much.”
As the Yankees saw last weekend, the Blue Jays rotation has been pretty good without him, but it’s hard to find a pitcher better than Halladay. He’s 18-6 with a 2.84 ERA in his career against the Yankees. The only team he’s beaten more often is Baltimore. Of the current Yankees, only Curtis Granderson (5-for-12) and Ramiro Pena (2-for-6) have a better-than-.300 batting average against him.
“He throws so many strikes in so many good locations,” Girardi said. “Whether it’s his sinker, his cutter, his curveball, his changeup. He doesn’t miss spots. He’s very economical. He knows how to pitch. He doesn’t beat himself.”