Roy Halladay has been one of the best pitchers around MLB for the last number of seasons. The 2012 season was one where Halladay’s production went down in a big way with only 11 wins and an ERA of 4.49, and it was the first time that his ERA was above 3.71 in the last eight years.
Doc has dealt with some issues during spring training this year but claims he is ready to get back to his normal ways, but I am leery about that comment.
Halladay’s fastball has lost speed over the last year or so and hitters will catch up to whatever heat that he is throwing up there. The Philadelphia Phillies are depending on Halladay to win 15-18 games again this season as the team’s window of opportunity starts to close on them.
I’m not sure that Halladay is a pitcher that you want right now as your No. 2 starter. I know that Cliff Lee had a rough year himself in 2012 but at this point, I would trust Lee more than Halladay.
Halladay can still be a solid pitcher and he will likely head up winning another 15 or 16 games this season just because of the offense behind him. His career however, is starting to wind down and he can’t be the pitcher that he has been in the past.
It is sad to see when a pitcher who has had that much success basically falls off the table with their record. It is the final year of a three-year deal for Halladay that’ll pay him $20 million this season but unless he goes back to his Cy Young days, that kind of money isn’t going to happen again.