Last week, the murmurs of Roy Halladay being finished died down after he put together three tremendous starts in a row earning quality starts in each outing and winning two games. At the end of this week, the whispers have flared up once again.
Halladay was hammered by the Cleveland Indians earlier in the week, giving up eight earned runs in only 3.2 innings pitched. The Tribe chased him from the game early by means of the long ball, sending seven home runs into the souvenir seats.
Optimistically, most thought “Doc” would get back on track against a team he has dominated in his Philadelphia Phillies career, the Miami Marlins. However, the woes for Halladay would continue, and the Phillies were embarrassed for the second time this week, losing to Miami 14-2 at Citizen’s Bank Park.
The wind was knocked out of the team’s sails early as the offense for the Phillies failed to produce a single run until the eighth inning. The two runs scored in the bottom of the eighth were the first Phillies runners to cross the plate in 21 innings over the span of three different games. The offense has been dismal at best of late, but the main concern has to be the health of Roy Halladay
He only lasted 2.1 innings and gave up nine earned runs. Even more daunting, Halladay uncharacteristically walked four batters and hit a batter, all in the first inning. His command has never been so awful, and Halladay must feel no more than a shell of his former self at this point.
It was pure embarrassment for Halladay and the Phillies as a whole. While the competition within the division went out and made big splashes, the Phillies made some small moves, remained loyal to old veterans, and put a lot of faith in Halladay to have one of his typical seasons.
The Phillies were the clear cut losers this off season, and it could be time to panic already in Philadelphia. The team has shown very little in terms of offensive prowess, and Halladay, who now appears to be injured, cannot be relied upon. With a DL stint looming and a rookie already plugging a hole in the rotation, things could turn ugly for the Phills as they head out west for a tough seven game road trip.