We all know by now that Roy Halladay is DL-bound with shoulder soreness. He'll see Dr. Lewis Yocum out in California this week and it's A) Likely he misses time, and B) Likely he gives the Phillies very little the rest of 2013. Even if the recovery is a short one, Halladay has proven time and again this season he's not only not the Doc of old, he's not even a serviceable major-league starter anymore.
Halladay allowed nine runs in 2 1/3 innings to the worst team in the National League. He walked four Marlins and hit two. He allowed a bases-clearing triple and a grand slam. His ERA is 8.65. His control is gone. His effectiveness is gone. His mystique is gone. It's an incredibly sad situation because of who Halladay is, and now the question becomes: How is he replaced?
The Phillies have some internal options. Adam Morgan, Tyler Cloyd. John Lannan should be back in a few weeks so the Phils wouldn't be going with two young guys the rest of the way if this is a long-term injury for Doc.
What you could see this week is the Phillies do what they did when Lannan went down -- bring up a Joe Savery-type reliever until a starter is necessary later in the week.
No two ways about it. The Phillies had three baserunners on Saturday and couldn't touch Kevin freaking Slowey on Sunday. It's pretty clear this isn't a winning foundation. The Phils are 14-18 after a pretty favorable first 32 games. They needed to at least take three of four at home against an awful Miami team and they didn't.
Now come seven games in NL West ballparks. They'll face Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito in San Fran, then Patrick Corbin, Ian Kennedy and Trevor Cahill in Arizona. Some of the pitching matchups are winnable. Lincecum is wild and Zito is prone to the big inning. Kennedy has been terrible thus far.
But really, what's the point in even predicting success or failure with this lineup? It is so unbelievably streaky and it doesn't do anything better than average. It doesn't have above-average power. It doesn't have above-average plate discipline. It doesn't have above-average situational skills or a bevy of hitters who regularly maintain high BABIPs.
Rough weekend. At least Ben Revere raised his OBP to .264.