I’ll be the first to say it; I think Roy Halladay is going to be a mess in 2013. That being said, as Halladay guns for his 200th career MLB victory tonight, no one will be rooting harder for Doc. The key things to look for in Halladay tonight, is how hard is he throwing, how long does his velocity stay that high, and how well does he mix in his other pitches. While tonight is only the second game of the season, and in the scheme of a 162 game year may prove to be irrelevant, Roy Halladay needs to make a statement with his performance tonight, and silence, at least for the time being, critics like me who are expecting another down year from Halladay.
If Halladay pitches well, we could see the Phillies debut of Mike Adams, and that hopefully would lead to the season-debut of Jonathan Papelbon.
As far as the lineup is concerned all eyes for me remain on Dom Brown, and seeing if he can show the same type of production, both in the field and at the plate, that he did in Spring Training.