MLBBuzz – Halladay, the Phillies’ ace right-hander, has not missed time this spring. But two scouts following the Phillies expressed concern Wednesday about the pitcher’s lack of velocity and sharpness in Grapefruit League play. One scout said Halladay topped out at 89 mph Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins, threw from a lower arm angle and lacked bite on his changeup and sinker. Another said that Halladay does not resemble the same pitcher who comes out “like gangbusters” every spring.
CSN – Roy Halladay doesn’t deny that his velocity is down, but he says he has no physical problems. “Yeah, I heard about that,” Halladay said, referring to a report that seemed to wonder if the pitcher, like teammates Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, might have a physical issue. “Poor reporting on the extreme end of poor reporting. It couldn’t be further from the truth.” “Yeah, I’m 34 and 2,500 innings,” he said. “It does take a while to get going. I don’t pay attention to that. The older you get, the more you throw, the longer it takes you to get yourself going. When I came up I threw 98 [mph]. Last year, I was throwing 92-93. It’s not unusual. When you get older, it takes you longer. The more innings you throw the more it takes to get yourself going again.”
Gotta love Roy sticking up for himself publicly here. If he didn’t say something now, every baseball outlet in the country would be having bullshit panel discussions about how close Halladay is to the end of his career. ESPN would have a field day with the whole organization, probably culminating in some King Of The Assholes argument between Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless. Bayless would say Halladay is done for and the Phillies will finish behind the Mets, then half of Philadelphia would go into a collective blind rage for 5 minutes or so. That dude will say anything for attention (HITLER BONER!).
Truth is, Roy’s velocity IS down. He just doesn’t want some know-nothing non-player dick in a booth telling him what’s what with his arm and mechanics. Lots of questions this season. Lots of questions.