Sep 23, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay (34) heads towards the dugout during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Player Review/Preview: Roy Halladay


Sep 4, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay (34) delivers to the plate during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Halladay

Key 2013 Stats: 4-5 W-L, 6.82 ERA, 51 K, 36 BB

What Happened in 2013

Roy Halladay suffered through a horrific year in 2013. He didn’t appear to be healthy from the start, and after a particularly brutal outing in early May, he was mercifully sent to the disabled list.

Halladay underwent mid-season surgery, and seemed optimistic about his chances for a comeback.  Unfortunately, after returning in late August, he barely resembled the elite ace he once was.  He finished the season with just 62 innings pitched, and it seemed as if Phillies fans had seen the last of the dominating pitcher that they once knew.

What To Expect in 2014

At age 36, I expect Halladay to struggle even more. Although he still works his butt off, hard work can only get a pitcher so far if he’s no longer physically capable.

Halladay is a free agent, which leaves the Phillies in a tricky situation.  Based on what they saw last year, it would be difficult to offer him a guaranteed deal, and yet I can’t picture him agreeing to a minor league contract.

Halladay’s reputation should cause some team to take a chance on him, but unless he can somehow discover the fountain of youth, it’s going to be a rough year for Doc.

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