Philadelphia Phillies: Is Starting Roy Halladay Today Risky?
The Philadelphia Phillies played a marathon last night. The game lasted just over seven hours. Every position player was used. Two were even used as pitchers as Casper Wells and John McDonald made an appearance on the mound. Tyler Cloyd pitched unexpected five innings of relief last night. He was supposed to pitch the finale today. Instead, Roy Halladay will make the start.
Roy Halladay was supposed to make the start in Reading, PA. It was going to be his third Minor League start. Instead, he is coming up to the Majors. He has been on the disabled list since early May. If the Phillies are planning on keeping Halladay in their rotation for next season, is bringing him back now risky?
Halladay made his first rehab start on the 15th in Clearwater. He went six innings giving up three runs. One of those runs was given up on a home run. He threw 87 pitches.
Halladay last pitched on Tuesday in his second rehab appearance. He again went six innings. He gave up seven hits and one earned run. Halladay did walk three batters although he had four strikeouts. In those six innings he had 90 pitches, which is a lot. Many have said that Halladay’s location still isn’t there which is key and he cannot get any speed on his fastball.
If Halladay wants to be effective, he needs to be able to last in games and not throw 80 some pitches in six innings. He used to be able to throw complete games. He is certainly not the pitcher that he used to be.
Halladay is recovering from shoulder surgery. Starting him in the Majors before he is ready is a big risk. He most likely feels like he has something to prove and while trying to prove it he can reinjure himself. Hopefully the Phillies will not regret the decision in starting him today.