Forget 20; Doc could win 25 games
Updated: April 24, 2010, 2:09 PM ETBy Buster Olney
The presumption among rival talent evaluators before the start of the season was that Roy Halladay had the talent to take advantage of the weaker National League lineups that he would face as a member of the Phillies -- but also that he had the intelligence. And that is exactly what has happened. "What you see is that he is challenging hitters a lot more with his fastball," said one talent evaluator who has seen two of Halladay's recent starts. "He's not messing around. He's got a cutter and a slider-curve thing he throws, but really, he is just using his fastball more. "I think his attitude is to be aggressive and challenge hitters, because he knows that even if he gives up a hit, the lineups he is facing now are forgiving. If he gives up a leadoff double to the No. 6 guy in the lineup, then he knows he can use the No. 8 and No. 9 spots to dig himself out of the rally. This has freed him up to attack hitters with his fastball." He has four starts for the Phillies so far, a relatively small sample, but he has needed only 12.5 pitches per inning, which is significantly lower than his mark of 14.2 pitches per inning in 2009.
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