mweir145 wrote:Not exactly a hidden gem...but what's up with Roy Halladay?
He's gone from a 5.55 K/9 last season (6.32 K/9 career) to a 7.41 K/9 this season. And he's actually walking signficantly less too. His fastball velocity has also jumped up 1.7 MPH to 2005 levels, and his curveball is sharper than it's ever been.
He's seemingly become a better pitcher than he has at any point in his career at the age of 31 (his FIP is 2.89...the previous best for a full season was 2.97 in 2002).
It makes me suspect that Doc was fighting injuries over the last two years (as I had suspected for a while), and is now healthy again. I did think he was in the decline heading into the '08 season, but it appears that is not the case at all.
I sure wish there were some better reports on Hallday coming out of preseason. I specifically avoided him due to his declining K rate. He was going Roy Oswalt on us, but I guess not......