As McD discussed last week, there are a ton of people yakking about Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay, his mechanics and the reasons for his recent struggles. That isn’t going to stop any time soon, as the 35-year-old was roughed up again Monday night against the New York Mets.
Halladay lasted just four innings in his second start of the season Monday night, allowing seven runs (all earned) on six hits, with three walks, three strikeouts and he surrendered a three-run home run to John Buck. He threw 99 pitches, only 59 of which were strikes. After a terrible start last Wednesday and Monday night’s performance, Doc’s ERA sits at 14.73 for the season so far, while his WHIP is an atrocious 2.45.
Sure it’s early in the season but those numbers won’t just wipe away easily. In 7.1 innings so far this season, Halladay has been touched up for 12 runs (all earned), 12 hits, six walks and has already given up three home runs.
Last season Halladay struggled with consistency and some nagging injuries and posted an ERA of 4.49. That was his worst since way back in 2000, the result of that season was him completely remaking himself in 2001, and he’s been one of the game’s best pitchers ever since.
In spring training Halladay claimed he felt as good as he ever has, but the results on the mound weren’t encouraging. His velocity was down, and his cutter – which is easily the most important pitch in his arsenal – wasn’t up to par and fans had a right to be worried. But most just shrugged it off as March struggles that would abate once the bullets were real.
Now that the pitches actually count, they haven’t been any better.
The Phillies need Halladay to be his regularly dominant self or this season could devolve rapidly. Even though he’s not technically the No. 1 starter, he was the guy the team could rely on in 2010 and 2011 to be the stopper. Now he’s struggling and it could throw the entire rotation off as a result.
After seeing how he has opened this season, you have to wonder if we have seen the last of the dominant force that is Roy Halladay. He may never be the same guy again, especially when you consider he turns 36 next month.