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.