After Roy Halladay struggled on Opening Day against the Atlanta Braves last week, he was hit hard again by the New York Mets for seven runs on Monday and was unable to make it out of the fifth inning. Halladay was behind in the count for most of the evening, throwing first-pitch strikes to just 11 out of the 22 batters. He now has an ugly 14.73 ERA (12 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings) over his first two starts this season. The Phillies have no choice but to hand Halladay the ball every fifth day and pray for improvement. Halladay, 35, earned that right.
Pretty impressive debut by 20-year-old Jose Fernandez, who had never been above Class A, gave up one run and three hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out eight, a record for a Marlins pitcher in his major league debut. Fernandez retired the first 10 batters he faced before giving up a one-out single to Daniel Murphy in the fourth. The Mets got to him for a run in the fifth after Ruben Tejada reached on a one-out single and scored on Anthony Recker's double on a 1-2 pitch. The Mets rallied and won the game in the 9th.