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Halladay’s latest outing is no cause for panic

Posted by mattsmith on 1:51pm, Thursday May 3rd 2012

Roy Halladay had his worst start as a Phillie Wednesday night, allowing eight runs (all earned) in 5 1.2 un-Doc-like innings.

Fans were quick to conclude that there is something physically wrong with the two-time Cy Young winner.

In fact, whenever Halladay allows two runs and can’t make it past the seven innings, the “What’s with Doc?” questions seem to arise.

Let’s not blow one terrible outing out of proportion.

We’ve grown accostomed to seeing hitters swing early in counts and get on base, only for Doc to wriggle out of jam after jam.  Halladay couldn’t skin the cat this time, however.

Is it concerning that arguably the best pitcher in baseball blew a 6-0 lead? Sure. In fact, Halladay was (and still is) undefeated when his team gives him a lead of four or more runs. The Phillies’ offense let him off the hook, but by all means, no one feels better that he is 107-0 with a lead of four or more runs.

Halladay left a few fastballs up, but his biggest mistake was the cutter that didn’t cut to Brian McCann, who promptly killed the offering over the left-field fence for a grand slam.

Other than that one huge mistake, he looked fine, stuff-wise. He tapped out at 93 mph and was dominant through the first four innings.

It did appear, however, that Halladay was winded in the sixth inning. It was a sticky, muggy night in Atlanta, so heat exhaustion could have been a factor. Remember the last time Halladay’s face was that red? He didn’t make it out of the fifth inning in Chicago last year. So, yeah, you can’t rule out that Halladay was, perhaps, out of energy.

But that’s just another excuse. Halladay wasn’t good, plain and simple.

It was announced today that Halladay had to leave the team to take care of a family matter. He gave the Phillies a heads up on Tuesday that he would be leaving, according to reports. Obviously, we hope everything is OK at home, and Halladay can rejoin the Phils soon.

Sometimes even the best pitchers go through struggles (See: Josh Johnson, Tim Lincecum). It happens. It’s baseball. It’s not the end of the world.

Don’t sweat Halladay’s poor performance Wednesday. He’ll bounce back.

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