As a fan, it is hard not to be disappointed with a record like that. Roy Halladay was on the mound for the latest loss and he didn't do well. Once the most automatic pitcher in baseball, Halladay is enduring his worst stretch as a member of the Phillies. Should we be concerned? I'm not pushing the panic button just yet, but the struggles of Halladay are certainly not a good sign for this team.
On the season, Halladay is 4-4 with an ERA of 3.58. Those are pretty shocking numbers for a pitcher of his ilk. Halladay has been a rock for almost a decade in baseball and has been brilliant since joining the Phillies in 2010. However, things haven't gone smoothly for him in 2012. In his last eight starts, he has given up at least two earned runs. He has given up five or more on two different occasions. He has lost four of his last five decisions and has given up two home runs in each of his last two starts. These numbers certainly suggest that Halladay doesn't look like the ace he usually is.
Given what has happened lately, should Philadelphia fans be nervous about their top pitcher? For some, concern started in spring training when his velocity was an issue. Now that hitters are getting to him, people might start to wonder if Halladay has become ordinary. I'm not quite there yet. Whenever he takes the mound, I still have every bit of confidence that the team will win. Halladay is just going through a slump right now. All it will take is one strong start to get him out of it.
Given the issues with this team, it isn't a good idea to worry about the starting pitchers. There are enough other things to worry about for the time being. Halladay might be struggling right now, but he is a proven professional. He will turn this around before long. There is no reason to lose faith in him just yet.* - Mark Paul is a Philadelphia resident and lifelong Phillies fan.
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