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Rattled Halladay vows to 'fix it'

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08:17 AM ET 04.04 | The troubling signs of spring have run right into the regular season for Philly's ace. With one out in the fourth inning of a 9-2 Phillies loss to Atlanta, Roy Halladay capitulated. He ditched the weapons that, for a decade, armed a dominant pitcher. When Halladay threw his fastball, Braves hitters mashed it. The constant diet of off-speed pitches elicited strikeouts, but at the cost of a rising pitch count. This is a reboot, and even for a man as smart and dedicated as Halladay, a straight line of progress is near impossible. "I'm going to fix it," a rattled Halladay said. "I'm going to fix it. It will be fixed. And the results will be better."

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April 4, 2013  08:36 AM ET

the ups and downs of MLB ...

April 4, 2013  08:45 AM ET

Speaking like a man who is afraid of falling off that cloud he has riding for years.

April 4, 2013  08:47 AM ET
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the ups and downs of MLB ...

.....no, the price u pay for followin a roid era model of overpayin and hangin on to old players beyond prime....the yanks and red sox have seen the light...the phillies went out and got michael young...

April 4, 2013  08:59 AM ET

the RED-HEADED STEP CHILD is a colossal LOSER.... playing for a team known the world over as having THE MOST LOSSES IN MLB HISTORY!!!!! Morons of the NL EAST!!!

April 4, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

the ups and downs of MLB ...

Don't forget, he had a terrible spring. This isn't an isolated event. It's looking like a trend.

April 4, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

.....no, the price u pay for followin a roid era model of overpayin and hangin on to old players beyond prime....the yanks and red sox have seen the light...the phillies went out and got michael young...

no, that's the price a pitcher pays for pitching 200+ innings in 8 out of the last 11 years of his career....he's worn down and it shows.

April 4, 2013  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Don't forget, he had a terrible spring. This isn't an isolated event. It's looking like a trend.

He wasn't good last year either. Doc has a lot of mileage on that arm.

April 4, 2013  10:50 AM ET

You can stick a fork in him. Too many innings for too many years. Even with the legendary work ethic he has, it appears he's now a bottom of the rotation pitcher. Making #1 $$$$ of course.

April 4, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Speaking like a man who is afraid of falling off that cloud he has riding for years.

A cloud of dominance?

April 4, 2013  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

A cloud of dominance?

Yes*

*except against Freddie Freeman.

April 4, 2013  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

the RED-HEADED STEP CHILD is a colossal LOSER.... playing for a team known the world over as having THE MOST LOSSES IN MLB HISTORY!!!!! Morons of the NL EAST!!!

I agree, but Tom Glavine was on the NY MESS not the Phillies.

April 4, 2013  11:33 AM ET
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no, that's the price a pitcher pays for pitching 200+ innings in 8 out of the last 11 years of his career....he's worn down and it shows.

Exactly, he's human - not Steve Carlton

April 4, 2013  12:11 PM ET

Didn't he also have 9 Ks in 3.1 innings yesterday? I'd hardly say this guy is finished.

April 4, 2013  12:14 PM ET
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Didn't he also have 9 Ks in 3.1 innings yesterday? I'd hardly say this guy is finished.

Yep. If he had pitched the full 9 he would have had 18 k's and given up 15 runs. Gotta take the good with the bad.

April 4, 2013  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I agree, but Tom Glavine was on the NY MESS not the Phillies.

He had a decent run with the Braves too.

April 4, 2013  12:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Yep. If he had pitched the full 9 he would have had 18 k's and given up 15 runs. Gotta take the good with the bad.

Make that 27 Ks.

<throws calculator out the window>

April 4, 2013  12:36 PM ET
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Exactly, he's human - not Steve Carlton

the other thing i wonder about is Doc's conditioning. every time i've seen him pitch at Turner Field, he looks wiped out by the 3rd inning. in the searing heat of summer i understand, but last night it was raining the whole time and he STILL looked that way.

April 4, 2013  12:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

He had a decent run with the Braves too.

Yes he did, that was not directed at Braves fans, but rather the Mets fan neanderthal - wait is that redundant?

April 4, 2013  12:57 PM ET
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the other thing i wonder about is Doc's conditioning. every time i've seen him pitch at Turner Field, he looks wiped out by the 3rd inning. in the searing heat of summer i understand, but last night it was raining the whole time and he STILL looked that way.

They say he is a workout freak. Maybe his workouts are wearing him down...

 
April 4, 2013  01:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

They say he is a workout freak. Maybe his workouts are wearing him down...

if that's true, he might wanna back it down a notch.

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