Roy Halladay was luke warm in his final spring training performance for the Philadelphia Phillies. Luke warm is not the word I would use to describe his spring though. For that I would use tepid, stale, meager, or discouraging.
Roy Halladay threw almost 100 pitches through 4 1/3 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays in a no decision. He allowed 8 hits, 2 runs and struck out six, while lowering his spring earned run average to 6.06. The start demonstrates that, while Roy Halladay may say he feels fine and has the stamina to make it through regular season start, his effectiveness is unquestionably diminished.
I think this start is analogous of how Roy Halladay’s regular season is likely to go. He’ll be effective, not dominant, and labor greatly in some starts. For the remainder of his career he will be more comparable to Tim Hudson than Cole Hamels.
There is also the possibility that Roy Halladay’s 6.06 ERA in spring training represents an even more dramatic decline than experts expect. A drop more akin to Tim Lincecum last year than anyone else would be a doomsday scenario for the Phillies. It would create an untenable situation where the Phillies would have to depend on both John Lannan and Kyle Kendrick instead of merely leaning on them.
Short of getting hurt Roy Halladay could not have had a more disconcerting spring. If you had said that Roy Halladay would have an ERA over six most Phillies fans would have asked if he was pitching with his opposite hand. Well, I’ve seen every spring training game he’s played in, and he was definitely throwing with his right hand, which mean its time for the Phillies to worry.