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The Phillies say that it is early, that Howard’s slump is just the way baseball works, and that Halladay’s stuff looks better,
It's pretty rough. Revere looks like a perfect LaRussian 9 hole hitter
If he were coming off another vintage Halladay season there wouldn't be much of a story here
Rosenthal quoted scouts who pointed these problems out last season. If you only looked at his numbers, you would have had no idea what was coming the past two years. If you watched him throw and knew what you were talking about, 2012/13 is no surprise.
All baseball is worth watching
Both of these are true. Halladay was in slow-leak mode the first half of 2012. The second half, the tire blew out, and he hasn't found a patch. His stuff is simply not impressive any more. He's pitching backwards, nibbling and hoping and trying to slop it by. If he doesn't find a fix soon, he's done. (And the 2013 K numbers are meaningless, as he racked up most of them against a Braves lineup that is going to K 7000 times or so this year (in the process of getting his brains bashed in and losing the game handily to the same team that was K'ing that night.))
Last night, he never topped 91 mph, and many of the balls that were hit hard were around 88-89. Two years before, when he pitched seven shutout innings against the Mets on April 7, it looks like he sat at 90-91 and fairly often got to 92-93. Not that much of a difference, but perhaps enough?
I wonder if he is expending more effort to reach his velocity now which may be affecting his command? So maybe he's only down 1 or 2 mph but if he doesn't have the same precision then he's suffering for it?
Stop the presses - a guy with a career .318 OBP has a .281 OBP through 32 PAs (9/32 per bbref). What's the confidence interval* on that? 95%?
Hallady as a "pitcher's pitcher".... good stuff, yes -- but also a smart pitcher that could compensate around not having his best stuff.
and Delmon Young might be back sooner
I may be wrong, but it seems to me he's had way more meltdown games (i.e. giving up 6 or 7 runs) over his career than the other top-flight pitchers.
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