It is no secret that Philadelphia Phillies starter Roy Halladay struggled this past season. It is also no secret that he must return to form if the Phillies want to make some noise in the competitive National League East division.
Halladay posted an 11-8 record with a 4.39 earned run average, 132 strikeouts and a 0.8 wins above replacement in 25 starts in 2012. This would typically be a pretty decent season for most MLB starting pitchers but not for one of the most consistent players of the last decade. Halladay’s dismal season for his standards can be chalked up to a bad throwing shoulder that caused him all sorts of pain in the early parts of the season.
The unfortunate part about it is at the age of 35 years old (he will be 36 in May) Halladay’s arm could also be simply going on him. This is something neither him nor the Phillies fan base wants to hear as both parties want to win a World Series championship before the Doc takes his last bow.
“Ultimately, my goal is to finish my career with the Phillies and win a World Series here,” Halladay said on June 6 of last year. “Some of those things are not fully in my control, but my intent is to play here and finish my career here and be here as long as I can.”
Philadelphia will have to be careful how they utilize the right-hander in spring training and must focus all of their attention on the health of his shoulder. The last thing the team needs is Halladay going down again when the team is trying to gain ground in the division. The Phillies still have a decent starting rotation but without Halladay pitching at full strength there is a good chance the team will fall flat in 2013.