More than one of Roy Halladay's 95 pitches during his season debut were amiss, but it was one in particular that upset the 35-year-old pitcher the most. He threw a two-strike, 91 m.p.h. fastball low to Justin Upton. It landed as a home run.
Halladay later called the pitch "halfhearted." He said he was not keen on throwing the pitch where catcher Erik Kratz had set his mitt.
"We went in with a low target, which isn't what we wanted to do," Halladay said. "You're not going to get him out there. What I wanted to do wasn't executed."
There were, of course, myriad problems beyond that one pitch. But Kratz is noticeably absent for Halladay's second start, Monday vs. New York. Instead, Humberto Quintero makes his second start in three days.
Halladay misses Carlos Ruiz, who is suspended for the season's first 25 games, no doubt. It is merely another excuse for what is a mystifying beginning to 2013 for the erstwhile ace pitcher. There is no blaming the weather Monday; the temperature is perfect and wind is minimal.
It will take more than a new catcher to spawn improvement for Halladay.
The lineup vs. Matt Harvey:
1. Ben Revere 8
2. Jimmy Rollins 6
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Michael Young 5
6. Domonic Brown 7
7. Laynce Nix 9
8. Humberto Quintero 2
9. Roy Halladay 1
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