Outfielder Shane Victorino is confident that ace Philadelphia Phillies starter Roy Halladay will respond to the heat of the playoffs. It’s hard to believe, but, after 13 seasons in the majors, Halladay makes his first playoff appearance Wednesday in the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds. The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping that Halladay is the key ingredient that will push them over the hump, after failing to defend their title in the 2009 World Series. The Phillies had an opportunity to acquire Halladay in 2009, but the deal couldn’t be done. Instead, they ended up with Cliff Lee, who performed brilliantly for the Phils in the 2009 post-season (4-0, 1.56 ERA and both Phillies’ wins in the World Series against the New York Yankees), but it wasn’t enough. Halladay, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays tossed a perfect game at Florida on May 29 and finished 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA. The Phillies right-hander led the majors in wins, complete games (nine), shutouts (four) and innings (250 2-3). None of that will mean anything, if the Phils don’t come home with some hardware.
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