On Roy Halladay:
Roy Halladay - "I would say 95 percent is mental. It's simplifying. It's
getting to the basics. It's letting things happen and not trying to
Charlie Manuel - "I think what you're watching is you're watching a pitcher who is trying
to find his strike zone and how he used to carve hitters up with his
command and control. He could locate and put the ball
where he wanted it to go. I think that's his biggest problem."
Sure, his pitch velocity is notably down. Batters are hitting .474 on balls in play. Fastballs and cutters are getting smashed all over the park and only being swung at and missed less than 10% of the time. And because his fastball is so ineffective, he's relying more and more on changeups and curveballs, many of them thrown out of the strike zone leading to numerous walk. He's a complete mess. But sure, let's just say it's 'mental' or about 'finding the zone.'
Roy Halladay isn't the only money-eating, under-performing 'superstar' on this team. Don't forget about Ryan Howard and his expensive ineptitude.
So far in 2013, Howard is 4-27. He's knocked in 4 runs but has yet to get an extra base hit and already has 10 strike outs. His WAR so far is -0.3.
Now consider that he's made $1 million dollars so far this season. Yes, you're reading that correctly. A negative war and the man has already made a million bucks.
The entire Houston Astros roster has made $1,305,280. They are getting it right. If you are going to be terrible, at least don't pay a lot for it...
This isn't Phillies related, but if you haven't seen the called third strike that ended the Rangers-Rays game last night, it's worth checking out HERE.