Tim Kurkjian on Halladay: ‘Days of a Dominant Pitcher Are Over With’
Roy Halladay did not look good in his first outing of the season against the Braves.
Halladay lasted only 3.1 innings and gave up 5 earned runs.
Tim Kurkjian, covers MLB for ESPN, called "The Sportsbash" Monday afternoon to discuss what he saw from Halladay in Spring Training and in Atlanta against the Braves.
"I talked to a scout friend in Spring Training and he told me that he's been trying to trick people with his breaking ball. He didn't look good," Kurkjian told Mike Gill.
It was just three seasons ago when Halladay took home his second Cy Young Award going 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA. However, Kurkjian believes that's ancient history.
"The days of him being a dominant pitcher are over with, winning 22 games and the CY Young, they're over with," Kurkjian said.
Could it be the absence of Carlos Ruiz?
"No, that's giving him too much credit. That's not why Cole Hamels is getting hit around, or why Halladay is struggling," Kurkjian stated.
It's worth noting that Halladay and C Erik Kratz had a disagreement in Atlanta, Halladay apparently still unhappy with a pitch called when he surrendered a home run to Justin Upton.
Halladay looks to rebound tonight against the Mets.
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