Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com had a chance to speak with cyborg Roy Halladay yesterday following his first Spring Training appearance of the year. After pretending to be completely human throughout most of the interview, speaking of such fictional things as his emotions and his having fun getting out there again, Halladay informs us that his mainframe will be testing out some new software this Spring.
There are a couple of things I want to try. For any pitcher, you’re always trying to improve on what you already do. For me that’s always the case. I’m going to keep them in my pocket until I decide whether or not they work.
Last season, Halladay used a changeup more than he had ever done so in his career, throwing it 11.5% of the time and finding great success with it after downloading a new grip from Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee. Doc also used a fastball and curve effectively last season, while sporting the most highly rated cutter among starting pitchers. Earlier in his career, Halladay’s operating system included a slider and splitter, which were both pretty much abandoned shortly after his upgrade in 2002.
Despite his Cy Young Award winning season, Halladay’s self-diagnostic software still finds areas for improvement.
There were times last year when I felt like I’d lose a pitch for a couple starts. I felt like there were times when I was really limited to one or two pitches during the course of a game. I’d like to find a way to keep things more consistent. Having more than two or three pitches as options would be ideal.
Apparently, a perfect game and a playoff no hitter just isn’t enough.