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What ever is wrong with Roy Halladay?

Mar 14, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

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Roy Halladay gave up a homer to Alex Rodriguez in his first spring start, which is fine because that’s Alex Rodriguez, the active major league leader in home runs.

In his second spring start, Halladay gave up two homers to Eric Patterson, a journeyman most famous for being the younger brother of a former top prospect turned journeyman.

In his third spring start, Halladay gave up two more homers, these to a Twins team that wasn’t hitting anyone this spring. Granted, they did come off the bats of better hitters than Patterson: Josh Willingham hit the first, with prospect Chris Parmelee delivering the second.

Add it up and Halladay has allowed five homers in 7 2/3 innings this spring. That’s one more than he allowed in his final 19 starts of 2011 (and, by the way, nine of those 19 starts lasted longer than 7 2/3 innings).

So, what’s wrong with Roy Halladay? Probably nothing. Still, this isn’t like him in the least. Not typically a slow starter, he made it through last spring allowing a total of one run in 21 2/3 innings. He did give up five homers in his final spring with the Jays in 2009, but that was spread over 33 innings and he ended up with a 3.27 ERA.

The current reports suggest Halladay’s velocity is just fine. His location obviously isn’t, but he’ll have a couple of more starts with which to sort that out. If he’s still getting lit up at the end of the spring, there will be some reason for concern. Right now, there isn’t.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    He doesn’t have a feel for his change up yet but told Chooch to keep calling it. Hence, he got hit around. Nothing to see here…complete non story.

    • paperlions - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      Wait, you are telling me that the outcome of meaningless games in which both hitters and pitchers are working on particular facets of their game and consider particular outcomes to be irrelevant compared to progress on whatever it is they are working on?

      No way.

    • Jonny 5 - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      I heard he wasn’t breaking 90 on the gun yet. Which could be something. Or it might be nothing.

      PL, it’s funny you say that (which I agree with) meanwhile Fast Freddi stories about how he’s in the hot seat in Atlanta because they can’t win in spring training abound.

      • paperlions - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:52 AM

        I think the Freddi hot seat stories are wishful thinking of the Atlanta media….their corporate ownership won’t be firing anyone they still have to pay for 2 years unless they think the cost of keeping him (declining attendance, etc.) outweighs the cost of firing him.

  2. SmackSaw - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Hopefully he has;

    1.) Hit the wall


    2.) Develops “Steve Blass Syndrome”.

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:12 PM

      Yeah it would be great if one of the best pitchers in baseball was suddenly unable to perform.

      Some people like rooting for their team more than they like the game. Are you one of them?

      • SmackSaw - Mar 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

        I hate the Phillies. Screw them and you too.

  3. mdpickles - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    I highly doubt they look at scouting reports in Spring Training. Just working on pitches. Waste of bandwidth. I’d be more interested in hearing what everyone had for lunch today.

    • Kyle - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      Bowl of Cheerios.

    • Ben - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      Penne with asparagus. I freaking love asparagus season in California.

      • APBA Guy - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:56 PM

        It seems particularly good this year.

    • jwbiii - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      Tekka maki, Anchor porter.

    • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:59 PM

      Breakfast potatoes, with bacon and grapefruit juice.

      I’m a college student, I get to have breakfast for lunch.

    • cur68 - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      Skipped lunch. Too busy running around accomplishing nothing. Now eating lousy hospital cafeteria food. Bleh.

    • paperlions - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      Japanese buffet, heavy on the sushi

  4. fat4jc - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    turkey pastrami reuben with a serving of reduced fat chips

    • b7p19 - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      A reuben is made with corned beef. What you had was a sandwich.

    • bigharold - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      “turkey pastrami reuben with a serving of reduced fat chips’

      Reduced fat chips? Really, what’s the point? Eating lean version of fattening food or drinking lite beer is like cheating on your wife/girlfriend with an ugly broad.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 14, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    He’s done, washed up, finished. Trade him away for nothing, preferably to my Yankees.

    • bigharold - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      Yeah, .. Halladay and cash for for Garcia.

  6. mianfr - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:23 PM


  7. randygnyc - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Hopefully, the beginning to a rapid ending of a wonderful career.

    Beef and shrimp with broccoli over rice.

  8. gallaghedj311 - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Two Doritos tacos and a crunch wrap supreme

  9. leerosenthall - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Clearly Doc is having some issues with his change-up, but I can hardly get worked up about it. Not yet anyway.

    What I’d like to know is, what the HELL is wrong with Chase Utley and what AREN’T they telling us?

    • bleedgreen - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      I agree. Why hasn’t he played ONCE yet this year? Even as a PH off the bench?

    • Jonny 5 - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      Same thing as last season. If I remember correctly the Phills said we wouldn’t be seeing Utley until late in Spring training. That would lead to us seeing him for the first time very soon imo. If he isn’t playing in a week then I may start worrying.

  10. bleedgreen - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    This happened last year in Spring Training too. He tries new stuff in ST. Gets a feel for some things and works on some old things. Once the season starts, its lights out for him though.

  11. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    roy boy is on the decline and its going to really show this year, mark it down!!

    • mercyflush - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:55 AM

      Yeah, he might have an ERA that is over 2.50, and he could even (gulp) have more walks than games started.

  12. stex52 - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    It’shard to think of anything more of a waste than a great pitching performance in Spring Training. I assume, as others indicate above, that he is fine tuning his pitches. We’ll worry when he does that stuff in April.

    And yes, I’m with the group that wants to see great players be great.

    Lentil soup and an apple; while working through lunch.

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