Game #11: Twins and Jays postgame
Roy Halladay 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 11 BF, 7 GO, 36 pitches (23 strikes)
Halladay is a baseball writer’s best friend. The guy is about as steady as you can get, and works so dang quick. On Sunday, he threw 11 pitches in the first (man, he was struggling — sarcasm), and then 8 in the second, 8 in the third and 9 in the fourth. Halladay is also an infielder’s best friend:
"I love it. It keeps me in the game," said shortstop Royce Clayton, who scooped up four of the seven grounders Halladay induced. "It keeps everybody sharp and you’re ready. His pace is great. He doesn’t take a lot of time. He gets the ball, makes his pitches, and tries to get contact early. That’s the key to getting deep into the ballgames."
Clayton couldn’t have been more dead on. Over the past five seasons, games that Halladay has started has lasted an average of 2 hours, 37 minutes. That’s the second-fastest average by any Major League over that span. Only White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle ranks better.
Halladay stuck mainly with his sinker and changeup again on Sunday. He also threw four curves. Halladay said he’s confident in the break and the location of his curve, he just wants to build up more arm strength before throwing 20 each time out. He threw another six curves in the bullpen after his start.
No cut fastball yet, though. Excessive use of that pitch wound up sidelining Halladay in September with a right forearm strain. So he’s holding off on using it much right now. He’s started throwing it in the bullpen during side sessions, but it might be another start or two before he works the cutter into a game.