When Will Roy Halladay Pitch?

Toronto Blue Jays fans are almost a week away from the series that they’ve been waiting for since it was first announced that Roy Halladay was being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on a mid-December day in 2009. Over the last few days I’ve been getting tonnes of questions about what day Halladay will be pitching on, when his Phillies visit Toronto for three game series from July 1st – July 3rd. (There seemed to be a little bit of confusion on the Rogers Sportsnet broadcast last night when¬†Pat Tabler and Buck Martinez’s suggested that Halladay might start the June 31st game in Toronto).

Well, let’s break it down, and see.

After Halladay’s start in St. Louis last night, the Phillies and their dominant starters, leading the league in ERA, FIP, xFIP and WAR, have a few different options for their rotation leading up to their series against the Blue Jays.

Option A

The Phillies have announced that Vance Worley will get the start against Oakland after his solid outing against Seattle on the 18th, meaning that the Phillies, despite an off day on June 20th, will go with a rotation of Cliff Lee-Roy Oswalt-Vance Worley-Cole Hamels-Roy Halladay beginning tonight, and potentially stick with their 1-5 starters despite another off day on June 27th. If this is how things unfold, Jays fans get to see the cream of Philadelphia’s rotational crop during their visit.

  • June 22 at St. Louis: Cliff Lee
  • June 23 at St. Louis: Roy Oswalt
  • June 24 vs. Oakland: Vance Worley
  • June 25 vs. Oakland: Cole Hamels
  • June 26 vs. Oakland: Roy Halladay
  • June 27 Off Day
  • June 28 vs. Boston: Cliff Lee
  • June 29 vs. Boston: Roy Oswalt
  • June 30 vs. Boston: Vance Worley
  • July 1 at Toronto: Cole Hamels
  • July 2 at Toronto: Roy Halladay
  • July 3 at Toronto Cliff Lee

Option B

If Worley falters during his start on Friday it could mean that the fifth spot in the rotation is passed over because of the off day on the 27th. If so, the rotation would look something like this.

  • June 22 at St. Louis: Cliff Lee
  • June 23 at St. Louis: Roy Oswalt
  • June 24 vs. Oakland: Vance Worley
  • June 25 vs. Oakland: Cole Hamels
  • June 26 vs. Oakland: Roy Halladay
  • June 27 Off Day
  • June 28 vs. Boston: Cliff Lee
  • June 29 vs. Boston: Roy Oswalt
  • June 30 vs. Boston: Cole Hamels
  • July 1 at Toronto: Roy Halladay
  • July 2 at Toronto: Cliff Lee
  • July 3 at Toronto: Roy Oswalt

Option C

Whether or not Worley falters on Friday, the Phillies could decide to put Cole Hamels ahead of him for the finale of the series against the Red Sox. This would again mean that Jays fans get to see Worley, Halladay and Lee in that order.

  • June 22 at St. Louis: Cliff Lee
  • June 23 at St. Louis: Roy Oswalt
  • June 24 vs. Oakland: Vance Worley
  • June 25 vs. Oakland: Cole Hamels
  • June 26 vs. Oakland: Roy Halladay
  • June 27 Off Day
  • June 28 vs. Boston: Cliff Lee
  • June 29 vs. Boston: Roy Oswalt
  • June 30 vs. Boston: Cole Hamels
  • July 1 at Toronto: Vance Worley
  • July 2 at Toronto: Roy Halladay
  • July 3 at Toronto Cliff Lee

If you’re looking to only buy tickets in advance for one game on Halladay Return Weekend, your best bet is the Saturday, but let’s be honest, it’s not very often that you’re going to get the ¬†opportunity to see three quality pitchers in a row like this in person. I highly recommend buying tickets to see all three games, but if you want to sit closer for one, I’d ante up for the Saturday afternoon game. It’s not often that a worse case scenario involves seeing Cliff Lee pitch.