What to Expect from Roy Halladay

This season has quickly morphed from a macabre, grotesque affair into a fascinating and bizarre one tailored by the baseball gods specifically for ardent sadists and Jayson Stark. Today, August 25th, the season hits its peculiar pinnacle. Less than twelve hours ago we saw two position players, who have played for a combined six teams this year, take the mound at Citizens Bank Park. Both of those players got out a hitter whose name is “Tuffy Gosewisch,” a man who already had an interesting place in recent Phillies history. A player named Adam Eaton got the game winning hit. It was the longest game in the history of the Philadelphia Phillies, the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional American sports, as well as the longest game in Diamondbacks history, a team that debuted in 1998 (Travis Lee had 3 hits in their first ever game). All this depravity forces an unwanted spot start from maybe the best pitcher of the last decade, Roy Halladay. Yes, someone in the Phillies front office today uttered the words, “Well, it’s not ideal, but I guess we’ll have to start Halladay today.” It’s all very strange. Based on what’s happened lately I hesitate to post this scouting report on Roy Halladay for fear that he might come out today throwing in the mid nineties. Left handed. Continue reading…