Phillies starter Roy Halladay entered his start on Sunday looking to rebound from a dismal, seven-earned run outing giants the Tigers on Tuesday. He instead left after just one inning of work, 25 total pitches, because of what the team described as a 'stomach virus.' This was after Halladay attributed his previous poor start to 'lethargy' according to CSNphilly.com.
Whatever is wrong with Halladay, it has affected his velocity and overall command. CSNphilly's Jim Salisbury says the former Cy Young winner's fastball was stuck in the 85-88 miles per hour range. Halladay has had success in the past with a low-90s fastball, but the recent drop has raised red flags in Philadelphia.
Halladay is trying to come back from a 2012 season that was shortened to 25 starts because of injury. Velocity was an issue last year and helped result in an uncharacteristic 4.49 ERA. Halladay had previously posted four consecutive seasons with a sub-3.00 ERA.
Key to the Phillies' hopes of returning to contention in 2013 are the recoveries of several of their stars from injuries suffered last season. Halladay is included in that list and if he can't return to his pre-2012 form, Philly's comeback will be that much harder.