The Philadelphia Phillies welcomed the New York Mets into Citizens Bank Park for the start of a three game series Monday. The Phillies sported a 2-4 record, sending Roy Halladay to the mound while the Mets came in at 4-2 and sent young talent Matt Harvey to the bump.
Halladay’s woes continued as he was smacked around for six runs and seven hits over 4.1 innings pitched. Roy had trouble hitting his spots for the duration of his start, the killer shot coming off of the bat of John Buck for a three run blast.
The young Mets’ phenom, Matt Harvey, collected nine strikeouts over seven innings, only allowing one run. He did not top his eight inning shutout that he produced during opening week, but the Mets will take seven innings of dominance over their hated division rivals any day. Although it is just seven games into the season, Harvey has been incredibly impressive and looks to be the real deal. After defeating the Phillies 7-1, his record now sits at 2-0 for the season with an ERA of 0.64.
Harvey’s future seems to be as bright as “Doc’s” past. The former Cy Young winner was once the dominant pitcher of his era. Just three years ago, the man threw a perfect game and a no hitter in the same season; the “no-no” coming in his first career playoff start ever. The last two years of Halladay’s career have been plagued by injuries, setbacks, and frustration.
To call Roy a shell of his former self would be an understatement. This is just something we have never seen from a player with such an illustrious career. All the question marks have been raised, yet very few answers have been found. Is it age, illness, or injury? Whatever the case may be, the Phillies and Halladay must find a solution.
Your number two pitcher in the rotation cannot continue to get abused every time he touches the rubber. If Roy’s form does not start to improve, the Phillies have a big problem on their hands.