As recently as 2011, Roy Halladay was arguably the best pitcher in baseball. Last season the hurler for the Philadelphia Phillies became mortal. Today, Halladay is done. He’s not only much worse than usual, he’s straight up terrible.
In his first start of the 2013 season, Halladay gave up five earned runs in 3.1 innings. Tonight against the New York Mets, the right-hander allowed seven earned runs in four innings.
What’s wrong with Roy Halladay?
He’s 35 years old and will turn 36 in a month, so he’s getting up there in age. Plus, he’s thrown a ton of innings in recent years. Between 2006 and 2011, he averaged an astonishing 236 innings per season. That wear and tear takes its toll.
Since the beginning of Spring Training, Halladay’s velocity has been down. While his off-speed stuff still looks good, he can no longer set it up with a strong fastball. The results have been shockingly bad.
Should Roy Halladay retire?
No, he’ll keep battling. But it’s safe to say his days as an elite pitcher are history. He’s making $20 million this year and then becomes a free agent. Unless he shows some signs of life, he’ll be lucky to get 10% of that when he hits free agency.
What should be done with Roy Halladay in fantasy baseball?
Not much can be done if you are a Halladay owner; he has no trade value. Your best bet is to hold him for two or three more starts and pray that he shows a few signs of life. At that point, you should trade Halladay to any sucker in your fantasy baseball league that will take him.