Roy Halladay had one of his worst starts in a while for the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday when they faced the Detroit Tigers. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, for the first 17 batters Halladay faced, 11 of them reached base and seven of them scored. Clearly Doc Halladay was having a tough day.
Halladay pitched just 2 2/3 innings allowing six hits and seven runs. He struck out two and walked four. Halladay’s day was done after Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam in the top of the 3rd which gave the Tigers a 7-1 lead.
The main question that will come from this bad start for Halladay is whether or not this has anything to do with his injured right shoulder which gave him problems all of last season. In his first three games started this spring training, Halladay has pitched 8.1 innings, with a 2-0 record, and ERA of 2.16 along with seven strikeouts. Halladay has looked decent so far in the spring and it seemed that his injury was not going to be an issue for him this season.
It appears Halladay just had a rough day on Tuesday and the game was not a factor of injury. We are just under three weeks away from the Phillies starting the 2013 regular season and Roy Halladay will continue to be one of the major assets to this team. Halladay will be handing over the reigns as “number 1″ pitcher as Cole Hamels will get the start on opening day, but I don’t think there is anyone who believes that Halladay’s performance this season will be crucial to the team’s success.