Halladay earning respect from opponents despite struggles

Roy Halladay has started off the season with two terrible outings. Credit: Getty Images
Roy Halladay has started off the season with two terrible outings.
Credit: Getty Images

Roy Halladay is struggling. He’s losing ballgames, but he hasn’t lost respect.

“I have to admit that it was surreal going up against Roy Halladay,” Mets pitcher Matt Harvey said. “I grew up watching him and it was just amazing competing against him.”

Harvey, a young, right-handed phenom, dominated the Phillies and beat his idol.

“No matter what you say he’s still Doc,” Mets catcher John Buck said. “He’s been a great pitcher for years and he’s still a great pitcher.”

Buck blasted a three-run homer off Halladay that proved to be the difference in Monday’s Mets win but he still speaks of the scuffling starter with reverence.

The same goes for manager Charlie Manuel, who will continue to pitch Halladay every fifth day even though he is 0-2 with a 14.73 ERA.

“I saw David Price the other day and as good as he is, [the Indians] started whacking him around,” Manuel said. “When that bat, that Louisville starts talking to you. Sometimes you can’t get it off of you.”

Halladay is not missing bats with his arsenal of pitches like he used to be able to. But count on Manuel to allow Halladay to try to work his way through his horrific start.

“[The media] used to get on me about [using] Brad Lidge,” Manuel said. “Lidge was the best I had and if I was going to lose the game, I was committed to Brad Lidge.”

Manuel hopes Halladay can rebound the way he did in 2003.

“I heard Roy talk about what happened to him in Toronto [a decade ago]. He was 0-5 and his velocity was between 82 and 86 [mph]. He won the Cy Young [Award] that year. His stuff came back and he started locating the ball.”

Manuel hopes it’s déjà vu again for Halladay. It’ll be more difficult at 35 years old than 25 years old, but Halladay is going to go out there every fifth day and battle.

“I wouldn’t bet against him,” Harvey said. “If anyone can bounce back it’s Roy Halladay.”

Game notes

» Michael Young, who had a big game Sunday against the Royals, feels comfortable.

“I love where I’m at now,” Young said. “I feel really good. I think this team is ready to bust out on a winning streak.”

» Roy Halladay’s eight-game winning streak against the Mets was snapped Monday.

“All things have to come to an end,” Mets catcher John Buck said. “That’s baseball.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Police seek mother of slain 11-year-old on involuntary…

Police are seeking the mother of an 11-year-old girl who was accidentally shot to death by her 2-year-old brother two weeks ago on involuntary manslaughter…

Local

Chestnut Hill College student found dead Wednesday morning

A 22-year-0ld Chestnut Hill College student was found dead this morning inside a college dormitory, police said.

International

Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

The Word

Wahlburgers announce North America domination

Tuesday was a huge day for Donnie Wahlberg.

Books

Becoming friends with New York City's oldest known…

"The Life and Times of Richard Musto" tells the story, through a poem, of the oldest known homeless man in New York City.

Going Out

Get down and dirty at these neighborhood dives

Philly's got its share of innovative gastropubs and seen-and-be-seen drinking establishments with inventive cocktails served in mason jars. But sometimes we just want a shot…

Movies

Interview: Johnny Depp says he looks like himself,…

Johnny Depp talks about his new sci-fi thriller "Transcendence," not wearing gaudy makeup and wigs for a change and how he's a bit of a Luddite.

NHL

Top 5 Philadelphia storylines for Flyers-Rangers

The slate is clean for the Flyers and the Rangers. Which is good news for the Flyers.

U.S. Soccer

Andrew Wenger has big shoes to fill on…

Lancaster County native Andrew Wenger will feel pressure to fill the shoes of departer forward Jack McInerney.

NBA

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could…

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could the Mavericks surprise?

NBA

Sixers, Michael Carter-Williams give fans a happy ending…

The 2013-14 season for the 76ers has nearly come to a close.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.

Wellbeing

Cognitive skills begin to drop at age 24

But the news isn't all that bad.

Career

How to get a job at a startup:…

We talked to Tarek Pertew, one of the co-founders behind Uncubed, about how to get your dream job at a startup.

Parenting

The 'smartest' summer camps across the country

See a list of summer camps across the country that emphasis learning, while still being fun.