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Halladay Beats Marlins in Possible Last Start in Philly

Weird to think, but it could be true. We could have witnessed the final start by Roy Halladay in Philadelphia as a member of the Phillies. Over six innings, Halladay gave up just one run on four hits as the Phils beat the Marlins, 6-4

Jonathan Papelbon made it extremely interesting in the ninth, allowing one run on three hits.

Halladay’s fastball was around 85-88 most of the evening and if the opposition were a little bit more apt to hit, it may have been a different outcome.  He’s just not as sharp as he needs to be if he wants to pitch consistently into the sixth, seventh, or even eighth inning. Halladay walked three and struck out just two.

Think about how weird it would be if Halladay never stepped on a mound as a member of the Phils again. Clearly, his skills are eroding, and have done so rapidly. There’s a chance that the Phillies see something in him this offseason that would move the team to bring him back. But he’ll have to show them that his velocity has increased and leveled off somewhere near 90, and that he can control his pitches well enough. It’s a tough road ahead.

However, we have the good times, too. The no-hitter, the perfect game, the overall awesomeness. So if this is his final start here, it’s been a hell of a run.

As an aside, people hit the ball tonight. Chase Utley went bonkers, going 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Jimmy Rollins also finished the night 3-for-4, while Cesar Hernandez and Darin Ruf each had two hits. Carlos Ruiz chipped in with two RBI.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Ken Bland

    September 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    About this possible last start in Philly, at least as a Phillie….

    First, it’s not like watching a retiring player who you know is retiring. as we get closer to the Yankees end of the season, personally, I don’t know how much impact I’ll feel when Mo Rivera pitches for the last time in final type circumstances simply because I just don’t have much connection with him or the Yanks, but I’m sure many people will.

    That’s one of at least 2 reasons watching him tonight just didn’t impact me in that regard.

    Secondly, except for this arm slot thing, which is pretty much over my head, you watch Doc pitch, and visually, its still basically Doc. It’s 34, its 6’6″, things like that. The problem is that he’s in a phase, and maybe past it where he’s just not Doc any more. Painful isn’t exactly overstating how it feels to watch him, but it’s not like the event involves a current super hero.

    It’s sort of like watching Unitas’s last game, as a broken down Charger, Mays closing it out with the Mets. I just didn’t connect with the sentiment much at all. Now if Doc were unsigned and pitching well, like Vintage Doc, I guess the reaction to tonight would best be described as fearful, and therefore gripping that this great pitcher could be gone if they still hadn’t extended him. . So I won’t say Doc’s possible last game as a Phil in Philly is overstated because he pretty much still looks like the guy we saw a lot of greatness from, but the results, rather than really bringing out the melancholy reduced it to a sort of numbness.

    All I know is come spring, wherever he is, I’ll be rooting for him to have success. THAT would be a more dramatic final this or that if that comes. And if this post surgery reprise is as good as it gets, because of the results, the event , to me, don’t figure to move me that much.

    One person’s opinion.

  2. Jay

    September 18, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I think the Phils should resign him for the simple fact that he is Improving- it takes time and people are so fast to condemn his progress- wtf are so called “phans” expecting him to be throwing perfect games after returning from surgery?

    • Ken Bland

      September 18, 2013 at 11:38 am

      The patience and expectation points are fair enough. Or another subject, 1 of the 2.

      But where is he improving? The only improvement I’m seeing, which shouldn’t be minimized is he’s rebuilding his base, which takes time. He’s maybe halfway through a spring training count. But if we are seeing actual pitching improvement, what are you seeing that I wish I saw?

      • PeteJ

        September 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm

        Given his pedigree, I think we have to give him one whole off season to train/recover and then make another analysis after spring training. He is/was too good to give up on yet. And this is his first comeback from major injury in his career (I believe). It takes longer when your older to come back. I’m willing to give him a chance, but have a back up plan come Spring.

  3. frank

    September 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I really believe doc is rushing back because of his contract option. He may be back by spring training but feels pressure to prove himself while he should actually be taking it slower, kind of like still rehabbing. He’s in a really tough situation.

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