The time has come to make a decision on Roy Halladay. What that decision is, I have no idea, but after two starts Roy Halladay not only isn’t pitching at the level that we have become accustomed to seeing him pitch at, but he isn’t even pitching well enough to be an MLB starter. And his first loss may have been against a Braves lineup that is raking this year, but tonight Doc labored through four plus innings throwing 99 pitches, giving up six hits and seven runs, all of which were earned. Halladay’s pitches may have the velocity, but his fastball has little to no movement on it, and his braking pitches are hanging out over the plate, and that is why hitters are killing Halladay thus far. Guys like Marlon Byrd and David Murphy were driving pitches into the gaps, making Halladay look like a double-A pitcher, rather than the future Hall of Famer that he is.
And I honestly have no idea what the solution the Halladay problem is. I don’t think that Halladay will be able to do enough during the season, to be able to turn things around in 2013. And I know that Halladay has only made two starts thus far, but he looks frustrated to the point that he is doing everything he possible can at this point, and that just isn’t getting the job done anymore. This is the point where Ruben Amaro and Phillies brass need to get creative and figure out at least a short-term solution that can make Halladay effective for the remainder of this season.
I’m going to let Chad Durbin off the hook for the night, pretty much because he was a member of the 2008 World Series team, and I remember how effective he once was, or even was last season with the Braves, and I’m still hoping Durbin can turn things around, as bleak as they may seem.
I’m not going to let the Phillies bats off the hook, but the bottom line is that Matt Harvey is a talented young pitcher, who was dealing tonight. And the other realization I have come to is that this Phillies lineup isn’t going to win games when the starting pitcher gives up seven runs. They aren’t built to do that, like they were four or five seasons ago. And at this point, even though it is only seven games into the season, I’m beginning to wonder whether this Phillies team is built to win at all.