Halladay: 'I’ve overcome it in the past and I plan on overcoming it now'
4/9/2013 11:45:00 AM
Two starts into the 2013 season and it is pretty clear that the Roy Halladay of old won’t be toeing the rubber anymore.
Halladay has gone from winning 21 games in 2010 to 19 in 2011 to 11 last season. This season he is 0-2 with a 14.73 ERA in just 7.1 innings pitched. Halladay also has two wild pitches already after throwing just two in each of the previous two seasons. His WHIP (Walks and hits / innings pitched) is a staggering 2.46.
Simply put, things are just not going very good for Halladay right now.
Halladay went philosophical with the media last night after the Phillies’ 7-2 loss to the Mets in which he went just four innings and was charged with seven earned runs.
“One of my biggest mentors, Harvey Dorfman, used to always tell me when you try to catch a bird, if you’re flailing at it trying to grab for it you’re never going to catch it. You have to hold your hands out and let it land in your hands. It’s the same way with pitching. When you’re trying to find something, the more you’re grasping at it, the more you’re reaching for it, the more you’re trying to find it the harder it is to get it.
“Sometimes the best course of action is to prepare yourself and let it come to you.”
According to Halladay, he’s just not letting the game come to him.
“I didn’t feel like I was nibbling, I felt like I was trying to be aggressive but I was trying to force it there. There’s a line between picking and trying to make the ball go where you want it to go.
“You have to be mechanically sound and you have to trust your mechanics and trust your lines and let the ball go where it needs to go. In the bullpen it’s doing that. When I get into the game I want to force it, I want to make it go there.”
Halladay says that physically he feels good and that he could throw “200 pitches” if he needed to. According to Doc , ‘if you throw a shutout every time that would get boring’ and ‘games like these make the good ones worthwhile.’
“I would say 95 [percent] is mental. It’s simplifying. It’s getting to the basics. It’s letting things happen and not trying to force things. It’s a game of failure and I’ve had my fair share. Some days you’re a horse, some days you’re a horse’s ass and I’ve been a horse’s ass for a while.”
Doc dropped this anecdote in during his press conference that illustrated just how far-reaching his struggles have been the last year-plus.
“I got a text from my son saying that I am his hero. That means a lot. Those kind of things mean a lot. Those are the kind of things that do help you relax and put things in perspective and get back to simplification.”