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Roy Halladay may not be done after all

Mar 20, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

Roy Halladay AP

With his fastball reportedly back in the 89-92 mph range, Roy Halladay limited the Orioles to one run and three hits in six innings Tuesday, lowering his spring ERA from 10.57 to 6.59.

Halladay, who had given up five homers in three spring starts, allowed just one extra-base hit, an Adam Jones double, in this one. He struck out five and walked none.

Halladay was working at 87-89 mph while giving up five runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings against the Twins six days ago. Today’s radar gun readings were closer to his usual norm; Halladay averaged 91.3 mph with his fastball last year. Phillies fans and fantasy owners should both be pleased.

  1. wetmorepsu12 - Mar 20, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    for all of you halladay doubters out there –

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 20, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    The key to Halladay’s pitching is Location, Location and Location.

    • nolanwiffle - Mar 21, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      Unfortunately for him he won’t be located on the mound in Camden Yards…..Birds can’t hit anybody.

  3. bleedgreen - Mar 20, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Gee, ya don’t say? Once again, THIS HAPPENED LAST YEAR TOO. He turned it on on opening day and never let up.

  4. Bill - Mar 20, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    That’s what the sheep who follow the “columnists” get.

  5. cintiphil - Mar 20, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    This is very good news for the Phills, however you will need more than Halladay. Hamels and Lee will have to improve over last year with the infield in shambles. You had better win a lot of one run games, because I don’t see the production as good as last year. If Hamels and Lee can return to 20+ wins, you will have a good chance of winning. “But if not”, hello Atlanta.

    • ame123 - Mar 20, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      The funny thing is the Polanco/Rollins/Galivs/Mayberry infield might still be better than Atlanta’s!

      • cintiphil - Mar 20, 2012 at 9:57 PM

        Don’t count on it.

  6. mojosmagic - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Atlanta chokes every year do what’s your point?

    • cintiphil - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:40 PM

      That’s foolish. they had a great run last season, and some bad luck down the stretch. Maybe they took too much for granted, and let down. They will be back competing this season, and the Phils had better be on their game or they will not beat Atlanta.

    • skids003 - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      Really? How many pennants in a row has Philly won?

      • sasquash20 - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

        Atlanta does choke. Philly has 2 national league pennants in the last 5 years. And they have lost to the WS champ 3 straight years. Its not like they couldn’t beat the Phillies back ups once in a 3 game series at the end of last season. Way to go Atlanta. The worst city in America!!!

  7. xmatt0926x - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Yeah. I’m certainly not the type of fan who needs to follow blindly and heap nothing but praise on my team, but please use another team as your example besides Atlanta. After that choke job last year all Atlanta players and fans should just shut up until October, assuming October ends up meaning anything for them.

  8. kp33 - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Come on… it’s only the orioles

  9. jroll01971 - Mar 21, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    Whoever thought Halliday was done was just nuts it’s spring training he needs to get himself straight mechanics first speed second

  10. spudchukar - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Gaining confidence stymieing the lowly, woeful Orioles is an exercise in Fool’s Gold extraction. If jumping on some “Halliday is Toast” bandwagon is foolhardy, so is reassuring oneself, that a good outing versus the Baltimore squad that “All is Well”. Most likely Halliday will be fine, but it will take a few more positive results before rational decision about his well-being can be justified.

  11. mungman69 - Mar 22, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    Why all of the questions about Haliday? He is a great pitcher and he knows how to get ready for the season.

  12. odj810 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    he’s been the most consistent pitcher in baseball the last 5 years. I think he’ll be fine and get that extra 3 mph that people are seeming is the end of the world.

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