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Shelled Halladay blames what's between his ears

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08:12 AM ET 04.09 | So far, the numbers are not pretty -- including Monday's allowing of seven runs in four innings to push his ERA to nearly 15.00. [Halladay] said the 14.73 ERA he is sporting after two starts has nothing to do with his mechanics or his shoulder or his legs or his back. "It's 95 percent mental," Halladay said. He walked as many batters as he struck out -- three apiece -- and threw 40 of his 99 pitches outside the strike zone. "I would say 95 percent is mental," Halladay said. "It's simplifying, it's getting to the basics. ... It's a game of failure and I've had my fair share. Some days you're a horse and some days you're a horse's [behind] and I've been a horse's [behind] for a little while."

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April 9, 2013  08:35 AM ET

Yikes. I hope he can get that 200th win.

April 9, 2013  08:35 AM ET

This has become a disturbing trend.

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April 9, 2013  08:42 AM ET

I actually like Halladay so I hope he is right about "what's between the ears" being the problem but I have a sneaking suspicion he lost more than little bit off the fastball and isn't locating his breaking stuff real well.
Now, the locating the breaking stuff may be a mental thing but if he is losing heat off the fastball then he is gonna have to rely more on guile (aka location) rather than pure heat as he had in the past.

April 9, 2013  08:48 AM ET

It is becoming mental because Roy is starting to realize mother nature is calling and the fastball is starting to lose smoke and break to it, and the breaking balls are not breaking like in the past, and control is starting to be an issue also.

April 9, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I actually like Halladay so I hope he is right about "what's between the ears" being the problem but I have a sneaking suspicion he lost more than little bit off the fastball and isn't locating his breaking stuff real well. Now, the locating the breaking stuff may be a mental thing but if he is losing heat off the fastball then he is gonna have to rely more on guile (aka location) rather than pure heat as he had in the past.

I think you're right on the money jc and he's got to learn what works and what doesn't work for him and trust what he's doing. Maybe even develop and master another pitch.

April 9, 2013  09:26 AM ET

I didn't know an 86 mph fastball was a mental problem. Sounds like a shoulder problem to me.

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April 9, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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During Mets game last night Ron Darling had a good observation. Said that he has lost a few miles per hour on his cutter and slider, which leads to the break being more severe, which in turn leads Halladay not having the control he once had.

I like Ron Darling and Fox would well to offer him a job as a repalcement for Timmy.

April 9, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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During Mets game last night Ron Darling had a good observation. Said that he has lost a few miles per hour on his cutter and slider, which leads to the break being more severe, which in turn leads Halladay not having the control he once had.

You'd think he would have had that figured out during spring training.

April 9, 2013  09:41 AM ET

OK, but did this not all start last year? This is not out of the blue new.

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April 9, 2013  10:16 AM ET

I'm not sure that I agree that what is between his ears is keeping his fastball under 90mph.

April 9, 2013  10:31 AM ET
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Father time is not a baseball fan.

to hell with father time and the horse he rode in on.

April 9, 2013  10:43 AM ET
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I'm not sure that I agree that what is between his ears is keeping his fastball under 90mph.

It's a tough transition from fireballer to finesse (unless of course you use Clemens-elixer).

April 9, 2013  10:48 AM ET
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to hell with father time and the horse he rode in on.

Seconded!

April 9, 2013  11:31 AM ET

Uncle Charlie is what happened to him. Overuse the past 3 plus years, it was clear as day.

 
April 9, 2013  11:42 AM ET

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