Phillies | Want Roy Halladay to throw more strikes
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. thinks SP Roy Halladay needs to be more aggressive within the strike zone after his velocity has dipped below 90 mph for the first time in his career. Halladay has thrown first-pitch strikes to only 11 of the 22 hitters he faced in his second start Monday, April 8. "That's probably the case. But ... if he gets back to being consistent in the strike zone and staying aggressive in the strike zone, he'll be successful," Amaro said. "He's still got pretty good movement on his stuff. He just doesn't have command. He gets behind hitters, and he has deep counts, and having to throw it over the plate at that point makes it easier for the hitters." Halladay's arm angle was also lower than it's been in the past, and he and pitching coach Rich Dubee have been working to fix it.
Fantasy Tip: Halladay won't necessarily be more successful just by being more aggressive in the strike zone, but it probably wouldn't hurt, since he's often found trouble this year when falling behind in counts. The bottom line is there probably isn't a quick fix for him in this scenario. Be patient here.
2013-04-10 11:53:12 | Source: ESPN.com - Jayson Stark
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