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Roy Halladay Facing Huge Start For Philadelphia Phillies

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Roy Halladay’s career is winding down as he will turn 36 years old in May. He will pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night, and this is a very important start for Halladay and the Phillies.

Halladay had an awful season last year with an 11-8 record and an ERA of 4.49. He was also terrible during spring training with a 6.06 ERA. I have seen players fall off the cliff, but this is like running off the ledge.

Halladay must prove he is worth the $20 million that the team is paying him this season because if he doesn’t, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Phillies try to move him in July. Philadelphia is seeing their window of opportunity closing with their talent, and they can’t afford Halladay to be a bad pitcher.

You could say that I’m calling Halladay out during this start because I am. There is no reason for a pitcher that is making that much money to be this bad.

The Phillies really don’t want to fall to 0-2 on the season and that could easily happen if Halladay is bad to start the season. I know it is only the second game of the regular season and the first start of the season for the ace, but this could be the most important start he has all year.

The Phillies need a win to avoid the chance of being swept by the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. It’s time for the old Halladay to come out for one final big season and that starts Wednesday night.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.