For Halladay, The Problem Is Everything

Roy Halladay is not the only problem for the 2013 Phillies. He may not even be the biggest problem. But he’s the “keystone” problem — the problem which, if it proves unsolvable, renders all of their other problems moot. So we’ve watched each of his first two starts with obsessive attention to detail, and we’ll watch each of his subsequent starts, however many he gets, with increasing desperation, hoping for even the briefest flash of something approaching Doc-ness. In his first start, we had something — he struck out 9 of the 19 batters he faced on his way to surrendering five earned runs, a truly bizarre set of outcomes. Last night? Nothing so notable. Just hard hit balls and sadness. Continue reading…

How Much Leash Does Roy Halladay Get?

Roy Halladay had his second straight awful start, allowing seven runs in four innings against the New York Mets last night. His ERA rose to 14.73 which means he will have to find his groove quickly if he wants to best his awful spring performance reflected by his 6.06 ERA in 16.1 innings. Halladay is clearly not the same guy the Phillies acquired back in December 2009, but many — including yours truly — still hold out hope that the right-hander will be able to prolong his career with smart pitch selection and control. Just how long should the Phillies wait for the new, age-adjusted Halladay to emerge, though?

Halladay’s schedule, projected through the end of May, looks like this:

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