So far this season, Roy Halladay has struggled on the mound and many were confident he had an injury. Today, it was finally announced he would be out indefinitely with a shoulder injury that requires surgery.
Halladay was a successful ace in past seasons but this year, his command and accuracy has been off and it has affected his pitching. Doc has been anything but impressive with a team-high 8.65 ERA thus far in 2013, with only Philip Humber and his 8.82 ERA topping him among starters in the bigs.
No matter the Philadelphia Phillies‘ course of action to replace Halladay is, I don’t see it being any worse than it was with Halladay pitching. The team’s first attempt at filling the void will be to call up and use Tyler Cloyd in Halladay’s next turn. Last season, he was called up and pitched 33 innings, allowed eight home runs in that span. He currently has a 5.40 ERA in Triple-A.
Another option would be Adam Morgan. He has only walked 2.3 batters per nine innings, and has a 3.89 ERA in six starts with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He has also struck out 26 batters in 34.2 innings and has allowed only 7.8 hits per nine innings.
No matter what happens moving forward, Halladay’s injury can’t affect the Phillies any more negatively than his pitching has this season, and I don’t see either Cloyd or Morgan having a higher ERA than Halladay’s.
The season is only a quarter of the way in, and the Phillies pitching needs to step up as a staff. Either of these options could help the Phillies get back on track.