Can Roy Halladay reinvent himself at this stage of his career?
3/27/2013 12:30:00 PM
Once the most consistent performer on the Phillies’ pitching staff, Roy Halladay is now viewed as the biggest question mark going.
Halladay is 2-1 this spring but he is sporting a 6.75 ERA and a WHIP of 1.67. His velocity is down and people are wondering out loud if he is battling another injury like he did last year. All of that makes it seem like we’re on the precipice of another disappointing season for Doc. ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian doesn’t think that is the case.
Kurkjian joined The Tony Bruno Show with Pat Gallen this morning and he put it out there quite simply: Halladay can still be a very good pitcher this year because the great ones reinvent themselves.
“I spoke to someone last night who knows Roy Halladay pretty well and he looked at me and said ‘He’s gonna be fine.’ What I think that he meant was that even with a drop in velocity Roy Halladay will figure out how to win and he’ll figure out how to be a really good pitcher because this is what great pitchers do. They lose something and they find something else, they find another way to get hitters out.
“The danger of course is that you have to be a little bit more fine if you’re not going to blow people away and you’re not going to have your best stuff. If you lose five miles an hour off your fast ball, every pitcher I’ve ever talked to in my life has told me that it’s a night and day difference when you lose that kind of velocity.”
Kurkjian also floated it out there what we can possibly expect Halladay this season.
“It’s difficult to put a number on it. Let’s say that he wins 17 games and has a 3.50 ERA. That would be a pretty darn good season for a lot of pitchers. It wouldn’t be to Roy Halladay’s standards but given what happened last year and the physical and velocity issues he’s had this spring I think if I’m the Phillies would take that at this point.
“Of course you would have to get 20 from Cliff Lee and 20 or more from Cole Hamels if you’re going to win the division or make the playoffs. Maybe I’m underestimating Roy Halladay, I’m not sure. I just know that when really good pitchers have to make the adjustments they do. If he is physically capable of making adjustments then he will.”
17 wins and a 3.50 ERA would be a godsend after last year’s 11-8 4.49 ERA season. Do you think Doc will have a better season this year than he did last year?