After dealing with a shoulder problem and performances unlike any we were used to seeing from the multiple Cy Young Award winner, Halladay finally looks to be back to his old self. He delivered his best performance of the season on Friday night against the Cardinals, allowing just one run on two hits without a walk and eight strikeouts in eight innings. His velocity is still not where it has been in the past (averaging 90.9 mph with fastball and 88.8 mph with cutter), but his 10.5 percent swinging strike rate is the second best rate of his career. His curveball has gotten better since returning from the disabled list, and he had a 32 percent swinging strike rate with the pitch Friday night. With just an 8.1 percent line drive rate this month, hitters have been unable to square up Halladay and he should be a must start for the rest of the season.
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