On Monday night, we watched Roy Halladay struggle and on Tuesday night it was Tim Lincecum's turn. In his first start last week, Lincecum walked seven and won. In his second start on Tuesday night, he walked three in a five-run inning, including the pitcher, and got away with a no-decision. And, for the second straight Lincecum start, the Giants pulled out the victory. Lincecum’s velocity remains down, and he continues to be unable to strike out batters with any consistency. Fantasy owners can enjoy the strikeouts he will rack up, but the ERA will be tough to swallow.
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.