Halladay Battered By Braves

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Roy Halladay struck out nine Atlanta Braves batters on Wednesday night. The problem is, he recorded just one more out than strikeouts, as he allowed five runs on six hits, three walks and two home runs in 3 1/3 innings of work. After a shaky spring training, the Phillies had the option of bumping Halladay's debut to later in the season. No one would have blamed them. Including Wednesday, Halladay has an 11.57 ERA in his last five starts against Atlanta in the last two seasons. I'm not saying Halladay is done after one mediocre season and one bad season-opening start on a rainy night in Atlanta. But Halladay's work in Wednesday's loss did nothing to ease my concerns about his rocky spring training that included a lack of velocity and poor results.   

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Darvish So Close To Perfect

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Yu Darvish came within one out of a perfect game against the Astros before No. 9 hitter Marwin Gonzalez ruined things with a solid single up the middle on a first-pitch fastball. His pitch count having reached 111, which is pretty high for early April, Darvish was removed after he gave up the hit to Gonzalez. Darvish was fantastic all night and racked up a career-high 14 strikeouts. This looks like the year Darvish could establish himself as a legitimate ace.   

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