CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The good vibes that have permeated through this Phillies spring training stopped Tuesday afternoon at Bright House Field.
Roy Halladay’s lack of velocity and command were the reasons why.
Making his fourth start of the spring, Halladay lasted only 2 2/3 innings and was torched for seven runs on six hits against a Detroit Tigers team that did not even travel its two biggest guns – Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera.
Don Kelly hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam in the third.
Of the greatest concern for the Phillies and their one-time ace had to be the way the ball was coming out of Halladay’s right hand. Depending on which ballpark radar gun you looked at, Halladay’s fastball was topping out between 84 and 88 m.p.h. Regardless of which gun was right, it’s obvious that Halladay’s fastball has lost the life it had during his first two seasons with the team when he was one of baseball's most dominating pitchers.
Perhaps because of that lack of velocity, he also struggled to throw strikes. He threw 69 pitches and walked four batters. He also hit another batter and threw a wild pitch.
You can read more about Halladay in Wednesday’s Inquirer.