Scouts forewarned us of Roy Halladay's decline back in spring training, and although his stats are in the same ballpark as last season, Beerleaguers can all agree he hasn't been the same all season.
Beerleaguer: Pretty simple: the third inning doesn't happen to Roy Halladay. Single. Single, Triple. Pop out. Sac fly. Two-out homer. Halladay typically digs in and limits the damage there. Big innings aren't supposed to happen, and he never makes the same mistake twice in an inning. He's allowed four home runs in his last two starts. He's hanging more pitches than we're used to seeing, and he's laboring, on the whole, a little more. Strikeouts have been a little harder to come by.
Yes, by most accounts, Halladay has slipped, a bit. What does that mean to their chances this season and going forward? The Phils have lost seven-straight series to the Nationals, and they just brained our ace. If that isn't a wake-up call, what is?
And what can you say about the rest? Pierre, Polanco, Victorino, Pence, Ruiz (then Schneider, then Kratz), Luna, Galvis, Fontenot. You can't spell it out any better. And the only two runs came off the bats of Luna and Kratz. By the end of the game, over half the starting lineup held prospect status two months ago or were operating with minor league deals.