Originally written on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Philadelphia-phillies

Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Roy Halladay celebrates his Perfect Game against the Florida Marlins

Two significant things happened yesterday in the Phillies deflating 8-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. One was watching Ryan Howard become the second fastest player in MLB history to 300 home runs. Howard achieved the feat in 6 more games than Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner. It was also Ryan Howard’s 4th home run in 4 games, a positive sign that Howard can return to form in 2013.

The other significant event may have more long-term implications for the Phillies. And they’re not necessarily good ones.

Roy Halladay has been one of the best pitchers in baseball for a very long time. Yesterday, like much of this season, he was a mere mortal. Halladay was pulled from the game after working only 1 2/3 innings. He was tagged for 7 runs in what was the second shortest start of his long career. Some fans booed him, which is completely lost on me. How soon people forget.

The concerns about Halladay’s form and health will continue well into the offseason and into next year. Roy Halladay has not been Roy Halladay this year.

Whether it’s because of the lingering effects of a pulled muscle that sidelined him for two months of this season, a stretch that saw the Phillies go 9-25 and find their way out of contention, or because all those years and all those innings are now hanging on Halladay’s shoulder like an anvil remains to be seen. Halladay is 35. Over the past 6 years, no one has logged more innings than he has.

Some are suggesting a re-worked offseason program will help Doc find his way again, but still you’re left to wonder if time has finally caught up to Halladay. I’ve said a few times this season that it wouldn’t surprise me if the Phillies looked to move some salary in the offseason through trade. Ruben Amaro has even said that he may try to improve the club by dealing a marquee name. The one that always pops up is Cliff Lee. Aside from Cole Hamels, Lee is clearly the Phillies most tradeable commodity.

If Roy Halladay had returned from the disabled list the same pitcher that we have seen in the past, I might even be so bold as to say it would be a done deal that the Phillies would deal Lee. But Halladay hasn’t displayed the movement and velocity that made him so hard to hit for so long. Because of that, the Phillies will probably be forced to hang on to Lee whether they want to or not. Not like that’s the worst thing in the world, incidentally, but it could hamper the Phillies efforts to add some much needed help in the offseason.

Halladay was placed on the DL in May with a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. Through the grapevine, however, there have been hints that the problem may also have to do with his rotator cuff. The rotator cuff would definitely explain the down tick in Doc’s velocity.

Time will tell if this is a blip on the radar, a season in which everything that could go wrong for Doc and the Phillies went wrong, or if it is the start of a more troubling trend for Halladay, one of the hardest workers and classiest guys in all of baseball.

For the sake of the 2013 Phillies, the hope is that it’s just “one of those years.”

Similar Posts:

  • Halladay Returns to Form for Phillies
  • Ryan Howard Regaining His Stroke?
  • Can the Phillies Really Compete In 2013?
  • The Cliff Lee Saga – Are the Phillies Contemplating Trading Him?
  • Howard powers late Phillies rally to keep playoff hopes alive

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Adrian Peterson will skip Vikings first OTAs

Corey Brewer: We got our butt kicked, it was embarrassing

Brian Kelly hints Notre Dame will have fast offense

John Madden: Last play of Super Bowl will 'torment' Pete Carroll

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick, sets career high for goals

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

Marcus Mariota leads NFL in jersey sales for May

Seahawks fan starts GoFundMe for Russell Wilson's contract

Billy Donovan thanks Florida fans with full-page ad

WATCH: Daniel Cormier gets into it with Ryan Bader

Jim Harbaugh compares his driving to Jeff Gordon's

WATCH: High school seals win with perfect hidden ball trick

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

PHOTO: Don Cherry wears wild suit even for his taste

PHOTOS: Gigantic sinkhole at Jack Nicklaus golf course

WATCH: Memphis player catches defense sleeping, scores

WATCH: Astros turn around-the-horn triple play

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Kelly drops hint about ND offense

John Madden: Last SB play will 'torment' Carroll

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Astros surprising, but can get better with Correa

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.