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Roy Halladay’s struggles continue in loss to Mets

Apr 8, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

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Roy Halladay was chased from his season debut last Wednesday against the Braves after he gave up five runs over 3 1/3 innings. And things didn’t get any better tonight against the Mets, as he was charged with seven runs in four innings as part of a 7-2 loss.

While Halladay mixed in a pair of 1-2-3 innings, he worked in deep counts for most of the night and struggled to put batters away with his diminished stuff. The 35-year-old right-hander threw just 59 of his 99 pitches for strikes while yielding six hits and three walks. He also hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch.

Halladay put himself in an early hole by giving up a three-run homer to John Buck in the second inning and was ultimately pulled from the ballgame after he gave up three straight hits to begin the fifth inning. Chad Durbin then allowed two inherited runners to score, closing the book on another ugly night for Halladay.

As Reuben Frank of notes, this is the first time in Halladay’s career that he has had back-to-back outings of four innings or fewer while allowing at least five runs. His ERA sits at 14.73 (12 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings) through two starts.

While Halladay looks like a shell of his former self at the moment, Matt Harvey continues to emerge as one of the most exciting young pitchers in the game. After fanning 10 batters over seven shutout innings in his season debut against the Padres last Wednesday, he struck out nine over seven innings of one-run ball tonight.

  1. chill1184 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Phillies fans were hoping that facing the Mets would restart Halladay, nope not so much. Love watching Harvey pitch this evening and hope for the kid to continue to improve.

  2. kollin7 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Like I said last week: The end is near, folks.

  3. going4iton4th - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Hard to call it this early—but stick a fork in Doc. Philly may want to DL him just so they can get someone in there that won’t get shelled.

  4. djpostl - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Kind of a related issue that nobody is talking about is how this impacts that terrible bullpen.

    After tonight they have inherited 14 base-runners and 13 have gone on to score.

    Doc usually would give you 220 solid innings but now even if you toss him out there every five days and he somehow gets better the best you could hope for is in the 170 range.

    Those 50 innings by that pen are going to translate into a ton of “L”‘s

  5. DonRSD - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    The future is bright :)

    Even better when we beat down those crummy Phillies.

  6. schmedley69 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    As if things couldn’t get any crazier, it appears that Roy Oswalt is campaigning for Roy Halladay’s job:

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      I thought for sure that was joke or exageration.

      Loved his time here? Didn’t seem so towards the end….

  7. tfbuckfutter - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    The biggest Phillies troll is officially reality.

    • chill1184 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      I though his name was Father Time

      • dondada10 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        I thought it was Calcaterra.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        His ideas about the importance of run production vs on base percentage may be antiquated but I don’t think Ruben Amaro is quite THAT old.

  8. realgone2 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    In the immortal words of the “Doctor of Style” Slick – “Turn out the lights the party is over!”

  9. Walk - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    I missed the philly game tonight, what was halladay having trouble with? His offspeed pitches were pretty good I thought against the braves, but it was his fastball that was missing the location in the first game that caused him issues. He can win with the fastball he has which is not too far off last years speed but his location has to improve. I do not think he is done but he is likely in for a rough year.

  10. stercuilus65 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Wrote this spring that Halladay was done. Got 76 thumbs down and no thumbs up.
    Well guess what?

    I was right so SUCK IT LOSERS LOL LOL LOL LOL !!!

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      A broken clock is right twice a day – you trying to claim your predctions come true, or are you cherry picking?

      • stercuilus65 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        BS, anybody with a scrap of baseball IQ could tell he was in deep trouble. Guess that leaves you out LOSER!!!! LOL

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        My, what an articluate, and well rounded reply.

  11. mungman69 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    Maybe Halladay is hurt. Never seen a pitcher go down so fast.

    • chill1184 - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      Tim Lincecum comes to mind in the beginning of last season

    • jwbiii - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Mr. mungman, Mr. Weaver. Mr. Weaver, Mr. mungman.

  12. ermur22 - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    Phillies suck

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