Roy Halladay- The Decline Of An Ace

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
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Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay is a work horse, a proverbial ace and the ultimate big game pitcher; however “The Doc” has struggled with command and owns an inflated earned run average to begin the season. Once arguably the most dominant and consistent pitcher in major league baseball it appears father time may be catching up the 35-year-old hurler.

Halladay finished up the 2012 season with an uncharacteristic earned run average of 4.49 in 25 starts after a season that saw the hurler spend time on the disabled list for a shoulder strain. Last season marked the first year that Halladay was not in the Top 5 for CY Young balloting since 2005.

Baseball pundits assumed a restful offseason would be what the doctor ordered and Halladay would return true to form in 2013. Not the case, as Halladay was mediocre in spring training and questions arose that perhaps he was injured.

Not the case; Halladay began the season as part of the Phillies ageing rotation. In 2 starts Halladay is 0-2 with a monstrous earned run average of 14.73 and has surrendered 12 hits, 3 of which have been round trippers in only 7.1 innings pitched. The interesting statistic of all is that Halladay has struck out 12 batters for a 14.7 strikeout per nine inning rate way above his career average.

Philadelphia Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Jim Salisbury of implies that he will stick with his former ace until he figures it out [quote]”If he needs 30 starts he’ll get it. As long as he’s healthy and he keeps working at it — as much as he needs.”[/quote]

If anyone can figure it out, you would have to think it’s the’s man who has won 20 games or more three times in his career and owns 2 CY Young awards, one in each league. So we will wait and see if Halladay can steer the ship without the assistance of a doctor and can rectify this losing streak using natural remedies.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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