Roy Halladay injury a significant development in NLCS
When the Philadelphia Phillies decided against starting ace Roy Halladay on three days' rest in Game 4 of the NLCS, despite trailing by a game at that point, it was a mildly surprising move. We have come to think of Halladay as indefatigable and almost unbeatable -- the classic October ace, in the mold of Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson, circa 2001.
But after Halladay gutted out six innings last night in the Phillies' Game 5 victory -- and after word emerged that he did so while pitching the majority of the game with a strained groin -- it is clear that the Phillies' decision not to push Halladay up to Game 4, which was started instead by Joe Blanton, was the right one.
Halladay's six-inning stint last night pushed his season total to 272 2/3 innings (regular season and postseason combined), which is the most by any big-league pitcher since Schilling and Johnson exceeded 290 innings apiece for the 2001 Diamondbacks. This is just a hunch, but I suspect Halladay has been dealing with this groin issue for some time.
His velocity has been down somewhat in his past two starts, and it would certainly explain the Phillies' reluctance to stay away from him in Game 4. So many times, when we are examining big decisions such as that one, we forget that we don't really have all the information -- only what the team chooses to release or what leaks out.
And here is the important question moving forward: Would Halladay be available in relief for an inning or two in Game 7, if needed? The Giants have already said they expect Tim Lincecum, who faced Halladay in Game 5, to be available in Game 7. Halladay, on the other hand, might be ruled out because of the groin injury. If so, that could severely handicap the Phillies in a close, all-hands-on-deck type of Game 7.
| October 22, 2010; 9:16 AM ET
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