Maybe we’re late to the party here, but Roy Halladay continued his early spring excellence last night against the Atlanta Braves. The Doc continues to carve the corners and provide late movement on his pitches; the very reasons he was brought to Philly this offseason.
Normally it takes a few outings for a pitcher to get his feel back after a long, cold winter. Not this guy. Halladay has been working diligently since the trade went down, which speaks to his tireless and all-time work ethic we’d heard about. Doc looks to be in mid-season form just 75 pitches into ST.
Forgive me for being somewhat giddy after a rather meaningless appearance, but when your ace is doing things that wow people so soon, it’s hard not to get excited. The season can’t come soon enough, and hopefully we’ll be blessed with a jaw-dropping opening performance in D.C. on April 5.
At the same time, let’s temper what we see and realize the bats are usually behind for a week or two, although by the way Halladay’s pitches are dipping, cutting, and diving, that might not even matter. By the way, the Phillies won last night 7-4.
-Today in a “B” game, Jamie Moyer just finished up his start, according to Matt Gelb, and he looked rather sharp. He allowed just two baserunners in three innings, a wonderful sign that he, too, is interested in the fifth starter spot.
For those who want Moyer to just go away, it’s not happening. The dude is a gamer and is out to prove he can pitch an entire season. It should be a hell of a battle between Moyer and Kendrick, but unfortunately Moyer is in the lead, perhaps by default.