Friday, May 11, 2007
What's up, Doc?
Not to add to the generalized feeling of dread, but the last time Roy Halladay had two consecutive bad outings like this was in July of 2004, just before hit went on the shelf for pretty much the rest of the season.
Back in February, Baseball Prospectus injury guru Will Carroll reported that Halladay had been suffering through some muscle tightness in his off-season workouts. But J.P. Ricciardi assured us that Doc wasn't injured, and that it was no big deal.
And would he lie to you?
Having watched both of these eerily similar innings, a couple of things come to mind. First, Halladay has been getting the ground balls he always does, but they are sneaking through the infield. (Is this a matter of the middle infielders being poorly positioned?)
Second, Halladay looks as though he has been labouring when he's had to throw from the stretch for extended periods, and it has slowed down his usually efficient game significantly.
What's it all mean? We shudder to think.