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Phillies Lose Roy Halladay

As if the Phillies’ injury issues couldn’t get worse, they’ve now lost starter Roy Halladay for an undetermined time due to a shoulder problem.

Suddenly, Roy Oswalt looks like a viable option for the Phillies.

For those who have been following MetsToday, the Halladay injury is not exactly a surprise. From May 8th:

I can’t put my finger on what exactly is wrong, but I think there might be a physical issue with Roy Halladay. His follow-through looks cut off, with his upper body staying a bit too high from what I remember. In fact he’s putting too much stress on his arm with his finish. Additionally, his arm angle occasionally dropped a bit below low three-quarter — he was just about sidearm on several pitches. He’s also throwing more curveballs than his normal rate. Finally, his arm tended to drag behind his body, particularly as the game wore on. All these factors suggest that he may have either a shoulder or back issue. I hope that’s not the case, because as a baseball fan I absolutely love watching him deal. Let’s just say I won’t be stunned if at some point this season he goes on the DL with an arm and/or back problem.

Considering what I saw in that game and his 88-MPH gun readings in spring training, my guess is that Halladay has severely damaged his shoulder — and likely needing surgery. Though such a turn of events is good for the Mets, it doesn’t please me as a baseball fan, because I thoroughly enjoy watching Halladay as an artist at work.


Lineups: Mets vs. Phillies

Ruben Tejada has been placed on the disabled list, with Jordany Valdespin taking his spot on the roster. However, Justin Turner will start at shortstop tonight. Here are the lineups:

Andres Torres CF
Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF
David Wright 3B
Lucas Duda RF
Daniel Murphy 2B
Ike Davis 1B
Justin Turner SS
Josh Thole C
Jon Niese LHP


Jimmy Rollins SS
John Mayberry LF
Shane Victorino CF
Hunter Pence RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Carlos Ruiz C
Placido Polanco 3B
Fredy Galvis 2B
Roy Halladay SP

Seeing former Met Ty Wigginton in the lineup reminds me that Justin Turner reminds me a bit of a young Wiggy. Can I say “reminds me” twice in one sentence? You know what I mean. Looking at the Mets lineup I might be concerned, but after looking at the Phils’ HowardandUtleyless starting nine, I’m not.

I’m working tonight so please post your notes in the comments here until I get the postgame story up later this evening.


Mets Game 8: Win Over Phillies

Mets 5 Phillies 0

The Mets pound the last-place Phillies, winning the weekend series and lining up a sweep to be polished off on Sunday. However, the Mets gained no ground on the Nationals, who also won and remain a mere half-game ahead. This pennant race is really starting to heat up!