A day after Roy Halladay vehemently disagreed with MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams’ suggestion that Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee ought to be fired, Phils manager Charlie Manuel went to bat for his assistant. And he brought a club.

“He’s a tremendous pitching coach but he’s also a team player,” Manuel said Saturday before Philadelphia played Miami. “He’s all about our organization. He’s all about us winning. He’s all about us getting better. He breaks down our scouting reports, he organizes our spring training, he does about everything he possibly can do, and I’ll stand behind him thick and thin or till I die.”

Philadelphia’s star-studded pitching staff collectively owned a 4.30 ERA entering Saturday’s game, ranking them 25th in the majors overall and third-worst in the National League.

Halladay (6.75 ERA) and Cole Hamels (4.78 ERA before Saturday’s game) are off to especially rough starts and Cliff Lee (3.46 ERA) has struggled at times, as well. The Phillies are just 5-13 overall in their first 18 starts this season.

The Phillies bullpen has also been less than effective, registering a 4.38 ERA to rank 24th in the majors.

“When Halladay was struggling earlier it was plain as day what was wrong and it wasn’t fixed,” Williams said during a radio interview Friday. “You watch things go on and it may be time for a new voice to the pitchers. … It is not personal. I think these pitchers have to hear something new. What they are doing right now isn’t getting it done and they are way too talented for it to be what is going on right now.”