All good things come to an end, and it’s starting to appear that the end is near for Philadelphia Phillies SP Roy Halladay. The soon-to-be 36-year old pitcher has struggled throughout spring training and for his two starts of the regular season. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is showing signs of Father Time creeping in. Two years removed from a season when he went 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA, Halladay is laboring on the mound.
The decrease began last season when he posted his highest ERA in 12 seasons (4.49) with a 11-8 overall record while injuries plagued him. If you go back to Aug 31 of last season, Halladay has allowed 36 earned runs in 38 1/3 innings and has only pitched more than five innings just three times. In his two starts this season, Halladay has posted a ERA of 14.73 in his two starts while allowing 12 earned runs in just 7 1/3 innings of work.
Last night against the New York Mets, the right handed veteran lasted just 3 1/3 innings while giving up five runs as just 59 of his 99 pitches registered as strikes. Halladay surrendered six hits and three walks. Rueben Frank of CSNPhilly.com noted last night that for the first time in his storied career, Halladay has gone four innings or less and allowed at least five runs.
As one career winds down, another one appears to be starting. The Mets trotted out Matt Harvey to go against Halladay last night and he recorded another solid outing. Matt Harvey, the seventh overall pick of the 2010 MLB Draft, continued to impress.
After posting a 2.73 ERA in limited action last year, Harvey followed up his impressive season debut last week with another stellar display against the Phillies Monday night. Harvey finished the game as strong as he started it, firing a 98-mph fastball on his 102nd pitch. Harvey has started the season strong for the Mets going 2-0 in his first two starts with 19 strikeouts and a microscopic ERA of 0.64. Harvey is limiting opposing batters to just a .091 BA.