User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Halladay expects to be ready for 1st start

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - A slimmer Roy Halladay is optimistic he'll be ready when the season starts.

Advertisement
Halladay said he lost about 10 pounds in two days because of a stomach virus, but still expects to pitch during the Phillies' first series at Atlanta. Cole Hamels already was named Philadelphia's opening-day starter and Halladay is slated for the second game on April 3.

``My stomach is a lot better,'' Halladay said Tuesday. ``Just trying to get strength back. I'm kind of a little bit weak and jittery right now I guess from not eating and passing a lot of fluids and stuff. I feel better. Just trying to get that strength and energy back.

``Hopefully each day I will get that strength back a little bit.''

Halladay left Sunday's start against Baltimore after one inning after feeling ill. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was coming off a rough outing that raised concerns about his health. But the 35-year-old righty insists he's not bothered by the lower back and shoulder problems that forced him to miss two months last year.

``My bullpen (sessions) have felt really good, and I felt good when I first started throwing in the bullpen,'' Halladay said of his start against the Orioles. ``Throwing today felt good. The arm slot and the stuff we are working on I think is there. I feel like I'm going in the right direction. It was just a bad time for a setback of not being able to get the pitches up to where I wanted to get to.''

Halladay said he would be ready to go when the season opens if he can throw about 75 pitches in his next start and at least 90 in his last spring outing.

``I think that if I continue to get stronger and stronger each day, I'll be fine,'' Halladay said. ``I haven't been on any teams where the first start of the season they let you go over 100 pitches. I think if I can get to 90 by the end of spring, I feel like I can throw 100 to 105.''

Halladay threw a perfect game, tossed a no-hitter in his first career postseason start, won a National League Cy Young Award and was 40-16 in his first two seasons in Philadelphia. But last year, he had his fewest wins (11) since 2004 and the second-worst ERA (4.49) in his career.

The Phillies' streak of five-straight NL East titles ended last year with an 81-81 finish. They're counting on Halladay, Hamels and Cliff Lee to anchor the rotation and help them make another postseason run.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Astros outlast Angels in 13 innings
Twins shock Mariners for 3-game sweep
Royals rally again to defeat White Sox
Strasburg now 9-0, Nats down Cards
Pedroia leads Red Sox past Jays in 11
Rangers cruise past Pirates, 6-2
Cubs pull off home sweep of Phillies
Orioles hold off Indians, 'over' cashes
Castro's homer lifts Yanks past Rays
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
6-3 L9, 22-6 L28, +2,140 TY
10-0 G-Plays, 32-18 +1,401 L50
9-2 L11 G-Plays, 22-9 L31 Totals
5-2 L2 Days, 13-4 G-Plays, +2,150
7-2 L9, 15-4 L19, 27-8 +2,034 L35
4-1 Last 5 Guarantees
8-4 L12, 26-13 Guarantees TY
8-3, +530 Last 11 Guarantees
3-0 Saturday, 7-2 L5 Days
24-11 L35 Guaranteed Plays
9-2 Last 11 MLB Totals
5-0 Guaranteed Run, 5-2 L7 Picks
2-0 Friday, 14-5 L19 Selections
6-2 L8, 12-5 +750 G-Plays
5-1, +422 Win Streak
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2240
John Fisher + 2128
Antony Dinero + 1894
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Nelson + 1412
Bill Marzano + 651
John Fisher + 613
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1644
NeiltheGreek + 1256
Michael Black + 595
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2482
Jim Feist + 1809
Chip Chirimbes + 1314
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 1844
Jim Feist + 1408
Antony Dinero + 1273
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 1399
Joe Nelson + 1167
Michael Black + 917
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership