NEW YORK -- Roy Halladay pitches for the Phillies on Saturday, and should make two more starts after that.
It has been a season full of frustrations for him. He spent May 28 to July 17 on the disabled list because of a strained right latissimus dorsi. He is 10-7 with a 4.03 ERA overall, and has a 4.70 ERA in his last six starts.
Halladay has not finished a season with an ERA higher than 4.00 since 2004, when he had a 4.20 ERA.
Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee expects a much improved Halladay in 2013.
"The offseason will be good for him," he said. "He's got to change some things up. He's done things for 12 years pretty much the same. At this stage of his career, his age and stuff, I think he's learned to make some adjustments, so I think he'll change his program a little bit. We'll see. I think he's going to be fine. ... When you're as successful as he is for 12 years, I wouldn't change anything, either. But now with some age and lack of strength in certain areas like his shoulder and stuff, his program has to change at some point."
Dubee said weeks ago that Halladay developed some bad habits with his mechanics early this season, when he tried pitching through his injury. Dubee said Halladay is still trying to fine-tune his mechanics, but said after the offseason and Spring Training, he should be back on track.
"I'm very confident. Why wouldn't you be?" Dubee said. "He's had some ups and downs, but he's battled through a lot of stuff."
Well, playing devil's advocate, Halladay will turn 36 next May and has thrown 2,344 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2002 season, which ranks third in baseball behind Mark Buehrle and CC Sabathia. He could be wearing down.
"You can play anything you want," Dubee said. "I'll play with Roy Halladay pitching."