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Roy Halladay’s ugly afternoon: four walks, one grand slam, seven runs, and mid-80s velocity

Mar 12, 2013, 2:21 PM EST

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay wipes his head during a workout at the team's MLB spring training in Clearwater

Last week when Roy Halladay topped out in the high-80s during his start some people brushed it off because he threw four scoreless innings despite the low velocity.

Today he continued to throw in the 80s and the results weren’t very pretty either. Halladay walked four batters in 2.2 innings, served up two homers–including a grand slam–and worked in the mid-80s with his fastball.

He failed to make it out of the third inning and allowed seven runs overall, hitting a batter and uncorking a wild pitch in addition to the four free passes. (Halladay has walked four or more batters in just three of his 90 regular season starts for the Phillies.)

Todd Zolecki, who has covered the Phillies for MLB.com throughout Halladay’s time in Philadelphia, summed it up: “Never seen him struggle like this before.”

I called our new resident Phillies fan Bill Baer for his thoughts, but I guess he couldn’t hear the phone ringing over his sobbing*.

* Note: Just kidding. I haven’t willingly called someone on the phone in like 10 years. What am I, some kind of monster?

  1. vallewho - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    ugly indeed

  2. cur68 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Damn. I hope this is just Big Roy “working on something” and not “The End of Big Roy”.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      he might be working on the end of his career.

  3. kjericho43 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Toast

    • ncphilliesguy - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      Bet against Roy Halladay at your own risk.

  4. flosox - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    One of the best ever, man…hope he pulls it through.

  5. dondada10 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Can’t wait for Craig’s trolltastic take on this.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      I’m a big Roy Halladay fan. I have always loved is game. I would never take joy in him struggling and/or being injured. Indeed, I defy you to find me ever saying a single thing about him to the contrary on this blog.

      • dondada10 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        So, did I just troll Craig?

      • number42is1 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        “on this blog”

        well done sir….

  6. gmfw7 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    get kyle loshe’s agent on the phone now, or this season will go the same way last season did

  7. Brian Murphy - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Start with the “Is Roy Halladay Done?” columns.

  8. tsi431 - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Just one of the “walking dead” on the Phillies.
    Roy
    Lee
    Papelbon
    Howard
    Utley
    A drug free Ruiz
    Rollins

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      I’ll take all of them for ARod and Teix. You in?

      • number42is1 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        We’ll even throw in granderson and pay his salary

  9. sportsdrenched - Mar 12, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    (holds up 34 fingers)

  10. carbydrash - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Ugly game, but before anyone panics, you really shouldn’t read too much into Spring Training stats:

    http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2013/3/11/4087430/spring-training-statistics-are-utterly-meaningless

    My far bigger concern is that Halladay has diminished velocity, is in his mid-30s and had one of the worst years of his career last year. But I don’t think it’s fair to say he’s “toast” based on one bad Spring training game.

  11. timpaz - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    It’s going to be a Loooong year for Phillies fans

  12. historiophiliac - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    So, no dickslayer then.

    • dondada10 - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Is that your new Justin Verlander nickname?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        :)

  13. randygnyc - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    It’s not the stats that should be worrisome to the phans. It’s a combination of his age, injuries and innings pitched throughout his career. Coupled with last years drop in velocity with this years, and its a bad sign of things to come. I watched his last start and he was consistently mid 80’s. apparently, today was more of the same. At this point it’s not about arm strength. If he was capable, he could still achieve good velocity. Arm strength, at this point would just build his endurance, stamina. Sure, coming into spring training, a guy might have decreased velocity of a couple of mph. But Roy is 5-6 mph below his last years average. He’s not making up that huge disparity. It won’t matter if he can still spot the ball. At 85, he’s getting hit. He’s no Maddox

    • ncphilliesguy - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      True, he can’t cover center like Garry Maddox could.

  14. stephenolszewski - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Looks like all those innings caught up to him sadly

  15. thegreatstoneface - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    farewell and adieu, you fair spanish ladies
    farewell and adieu, young ladies of spain…

  16. pisano - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    All good things come to an end.

  17. abaird2012 - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Still, this saves us from having to watch all those pesky ballgames …

  18. abaird2012 - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    This would have been hilarious if you read it underneath the right story — I have no idea how it got moved here.

    Best of luck to Roy, though. Prove these trolls wrong!

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