The 36-year-old is making life in the club's front office awfully difficult these days.
To re-sign Doc or to not re-sign Doc?
Halladay had another arduous start on Thursday in the Phils' 10-5 win. The righty finished 4 1/3 innings with five walks, one hit batsman and five runs (four earned) allowed.
He walked into trouble during the fifth by throwing four consecutive free passes for the first time in his career. When Ryne Sandberg came out of the dugout to relieve his starter, a fuming Halladay spiked the rosin bag and gritted his teeth in anger.
Over his last two starts, Halladay has 10 walks, three hit batsmen, 114 strikes and 86 balls. In 2010, he walked just 30 in 33 starts.
Halladay has continually said he’s working on a new arm slot. A mechanical change like that after throwing another way your entire career can take time, but are the Phillies willing to bring back an aging pitcher besieged by so many question marks?
Here’s some interesting stuff from Halladay, per CSNPhilly.com’s John Finger, after his outing:
"I kind of lost my base in the fifth inning. I was just kind of collapsing. It was frustrating because I felt good, I was really looking forward to pitching today. For the most part we were right where we wanted to be and then that fifth inning, my lower half kind of disappeared from me. In the past I’ve been able to make things work, but it seems like right now I need everything to click. When I lost my lower half it was tough to really drive and stay strong on the front side, and as a result a lot of the balls were down.
"It’s not so much frustration as it is patience. It’s hard to be patient. You go from not knowing if you’re ever going to pitch again to getting back and then as soon as you’re back you expect to dominate. It’s just not the way it works. I have to be patient with that. I feel like I’ve come a long way and I’m very optimistic moving forward and I feel like I’m going in the right direction. It’s just a matter of avoiding an inning or two — avoiding certain mechanical things or stuff like that. That’s what’s tough for me.
"In all honesty, I’m proud of the fact that I made it back and that a lot of guys my age could be at home, could be not pitching, could never pitch again. I feel like I beat some of those odds and that’s what I look at. I woke up this morning and it’s like Christmas morning getting to pitch again after sitting out and watching the team and not being a part of it. It’s a completely different thrill to be able to go out there and pitch now. I want to do a better job for us."
It would be incredibly tough to give up on a player like Halladay. Aren’t you glad you’re not making the decision?