Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: The substandard Roy Halladay

by Keith Hernandez on May 24, 2012 @ 16:37:40 PDT's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you candid reviews and ratings of fantasy baseball players making MLB news in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball leagues. Are they trade bait or worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?

Rotisserie baseball players have been spoiled by Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay for most of the past nine seasons. In the last four years, he hasn't posted an ERA over 2.79 and has recorded at least 17 wins, including 21 in 2010. He's won two Cy Young Awards in his career and has been runner-up twice; he also had a third-place finish in 2006.

This dude is as good as it gets when it comes to hurlers. Not only does he have a respectful and professional attitude when he's on the bump, but he has arguably the best work ethic in the game, which has made him so successful - even at age 35. Halladay is an intensely fierce competitor who gives you everything each and every time out, and he's rarely injured - thanks to his top-notch work ethic.

While his numbers this year (3.58 ERA in 70 1/3 innings, just four wins) aren't exactly terrible in the grand scheme of things, Doc Halladay hasn't looked to be quite right by his standards. He isn't panicking, and neither are the Phils, but there are some developments worth watching.

The main concern with Halladay is the slight drop in velocity, per FanGraphs, which - along with his admitted lack of execution on his pitches - has made him more hittable than in the past.

His Tuesday start against the Washington Nationals is proof; he surrendered two long balls - one on a hanging curve to Ian Desmond. In total, he allowed nine hits and five earned runs in six innings, his second worst outing of the year; he was pounded for 12 knocks and eight earned in 5 1/3 innings against the Atlanta Braves back on May 2.

Halladay hinted that he - and the rest of the team - may be pressing, too, without the presence of Ryan Howard (ruptured Achilles') and Chase Utley (bum knees) in the lineup.

Both his K/9 (7.17) and BB/9 (1.66) are at their least favorable points since his 2007 campaign with the Toronto Blue Jays. However, they aren't drastically different from his career norms. One minor concern could be a slow trend of allowing more fly balls since 2009, and he's also allowing a career-high liner rate (21.9 percent).

His peripherals don't suggest he's on the verge of losing his stuff, but they indicate he may be showings signs that he's human after all. Adjusting, adapting and compensating for a drop in velocity is something that a pitcher with the credentials Halladay has would have little problem with. Chances are his early-season funk and a couple of bad outings have had to do with poor execution, if anything.

Halladay should still be viewed as a top-notch fantasy ace despite some hiccups this year. Continue to roll with him without question, unless he's having similar issues well into the summer - then it might be time to revisit.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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