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Halladay Ends Spring Training with Iffy Performance

It was better than terrible but far from keeping Phillies fans from holding their collective breath heading into the season. Roy Halladay allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings in the Phillies 7-2 spring finale victory over the Blue Jays.

Whether the results showed it, Halladay, along with pitching coach Rich Dubee, said following the game that they were happy with the pitchers delivery. The radar gun also showed 88-90 for the better part of the appearance. Regardless of the outcome, Halladay will start the second game of the regular season, Wednesday in Atlanta.

Chase Utley finished off Spring Training with his fifth home run, and Laynce Nix also went yard. With Utley, Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown, and Ben Revere each playing well, there is at least some room for optimism amidst the turmoil of Halladay.

Up next, the On-Deck series Friday and Saturday against Toronto at Citizens Bank Park before the real fun begins on Monday in Atlanta.



  1. bacardipr

    March 28, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Crossing fingers that his new delivery is affecting his command and needs a little time to iron it out. As well he is slightly behind the rest of the pack. Having said that im still wondering if its going to be the same Doc. I hope he can at least be a good 2/3 starter.

    • Walter Bellhaven

      March 28, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      He allowed eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. It’s hard to win with a WHIP approaching 2.00. I’m guessing he’ll be pretty close to the Halladay of 2012.

      • G7

        March 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

        Also struck out 6..one of the toughest lineups in baseball..Doc is a little behind right now, but I think he will figure it out..

      • Chris M

        March 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm

        I agree, however a W is a W and if the bats can balance his decline in performance and the bullpen plays well we’ll be in good shape.

  2. Brooks

    March 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Chris I agree but relying on long relief that much is flirting with disaster.
    Doc has a justifiably long leash though, regardless and we hope he works through it.

  3. mary pat

    March 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Like G7 said, given who he was up against, I think it was the best we could hope for right now. I think Doc will figure it out, given some time. Was happy to see that he didn’t look fatigued or flushed, too.

  4. Bruce

    March 29, 2013 at 2:01 am

    On Halladay’s outing, the manager is happy, the pitching coach is happy, his teammates are happy AND I’m happy as a fan among many feeling the same. 🙂

    Anxious for the season to start for real. Play Ball!

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    • G7

      March 29, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Dude..thanks for the golf tips..hope Doc isnt quite ready to play just yet!!

  7. The Original Chuck P

    March 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Spam bot wh0res.

    Even though I didn’t watch the game, I am encouraged by Doc’s outing… haven’t heard where his velocity was but he obviously had swing-and-miss stuff. Maybe he’s feeling his way through the reinvention process… at some point, you’re going to lose your fastball a little bit and at that point, you have to be a little more creative to be effective. That has to be tough for a pitcher to deal with – that you’re losing something – but Halladay has one of the deepest arsenals in baseball. He throws five pitches for strikes… if anyone can get through a loss of velocity from a “stuff” perspective, it’s him. The hardest thing for him to deal with is the mental side of that transition… to bow down to the reality that he’s not 28. It will be interesting to see how he fares in 2012. I think he’ll win 15-17 games but I think his ERA will be in the upper 3’s… I think it will be a grind-it-out kind of year for Doc but I think he’ll get stronger as the season progresses.

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