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Roy Halladay feels good after second spring training outing

Mar 1, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

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Phillies starter Roy Halladay tossed two and one-third innings against the New York Yankees this afternoon, allowing one run on a walk and three hits. Although his command was not as pinpoint as the baseball world is used to, Halladay looked very sharp at times and his fastball stayed in the high-80’s, low-90’s area. During an injury-plagued season last year, in which he finished with a 4.49 ERA, Halladay lost about two miles per hour on his fastball (down to 90 from 92) which he is hoping to recover by the time the regular season rolls around.

Halladay said, aside from the injuries, the thing that bothered him most last year was pitching after sitting in the dugout when the Phillies — who finished eighth in the National League with 684 runs scored — put together a long offensive rally.

“The up-and-downs and the long innings got me more than anything. So physically I feel real good, and strength-wise I feel good. Really, I feel like now it’s a matter of more regular Spring Training, just fine-tuning those pitches, getting comfortable.”

The Phillies scored five or more runs in 11 of his 25 starts last year, averaging 4.87 runs of support in total according to Baseball Reference. That matched the run support given to Cole Hamels (4.86) and vastly outpaced that given to Cliff Lee (3.53) and Kyle Kendrick (3.83).

  1. wetmorepsu12 - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Phillies will win the East if they are relatively healthy.

    • dwdive - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      I agree, the Nats will be the team battling it out with the Phil’s. Atlanta will be good, but not nearly as good as the writers and Atlanta fans think they will be. I’m not impressed with either of the Uptons, and for what Atlanta gave up for them, and is going to pay them? No thanks, I’m actually glad the Phillies didn’t get either one of them. The outfield will be fine with Brown, Ruf, Rivere, and Young, and if not, RAJ will make a move for another OF at the deadline, but I doubt he will need to.

  2. paperlions - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Wow, low 80s to high 90s with the FB…..that’ll keep the hitters off balance.

    • Bill Baer - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      It’s a fastball that is the love child of Jamie Moyer and Stephen Strasburg’s fastballs.

      • paperlions - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        Ah, the baseball equivalent of a May-September Romance….with the typical devastating effect. Nice.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Good point – what has the guy ever done with a 92 MPH fastball in his career?

      • paperlions - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        Do they have jokes in Philly? They must not since you guys take everything seriously and personally.

      • dwdive - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        @paperlions. You continuously troll Philly stories and their fans, that’s why they are so quick to attack you. You made a comment “low 80’s to high 90’s with the fastball, that will keep hitters off balance”. That was actually an incorrect statement, and a sad attempt at sarcasm, thus the Phillies fans reactions. Doc won a Cy Young award a few yrs ago with a fastball in the “high 80’s low 90’s”.

      • schmedley69 - Mar 2, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        @dwdive – I agree with you totally about paperlions. I can’t stand that guy. He definitely has some kind of ax to grind with the Phillies, and I am so sick of seeing his lame, unfunny comments attached to any and every Phillies-related post on here. It’s one thing when Craig trolls Phillies fans, because he is actually entertaining when he does it. paperlions is not.

  3. frankenderek - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Do you not re-read your post before you submit it? A low 80’s/high 90’s fastball?

    Sheesh. Someone hire a real editor before these blog posts come up.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Here’s a nickel – go buy a calendar.

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