Nov
16

Halladay takes home NL Cy Young Award

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Boy am I happy this guy is in the other league now. Roy Halladay took home his second career Cy Young Award today, finishing ahead of Adam Wainwright by a solid (102 point) margin since he received all 32 first place votes. Doc is the fifth player to win the award in both leagues, joining Gaylord Perry, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, and Pedro Martinez.

In his first season with the Phillies, Halladay led the league with wins (21), innings pitched (250.1), complete games (nine), shutouts (four), walk rate (1.1 BB/9), strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.3), xFIP (2.92), and fWAR (6.6). In 33 starts, Halladay walked just 29 men unintentionally. He’s the first player to strike out more than 200 batters and walk fewer than 30 since, fittingly enough, Cy Young back in 1905. Congrats to Doc, he was a worthy foe with the Jays. Have fun, National League.

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80 Comments»

  1. bexarama says:

    Completely deserving. ‘Grats, Doc.

  2. Matt DiBari says:

    Glad it was unanimous.

  3. Hopefully Felix wins it for the AL now.

    • Xstar7 says:

      I think your’re at the wrong website.

      • Why? Because he wants the player who most deserves the award to win it, independent of his rooting interests?

        Wanting Felix to win when he was the best pitcher in the league doesn’t make you a bad Yankee fan.

        • Xstar7 says:

          You don’t think CC Sabathia deserves the Cy Young?

            • Xstar7 says:

              What if I told you that CC Sabathia had to pitch in games that actually had significance against better offenses in the games toughest division? I dont think Felix would have done quite as well in Sabathia’s position even some would like to believe otherwise.

              • Sweet Dick Willie says:

                The Yanks had a pretty good offense, no?

                In 3 starts against the defending World Champions, King Felix pitched 26 innings, gave up 16 hits and ONE run.

              • JGS says:

                CC Sabathia, 2010:

                vs. opponents under .500: 16 starts, 113 IP, 3.03 ERA, 1.283 WHIP, 2.74 K/BB
                vs. opponents over .500: 18 starts, 124.2 IP, 3.32 ERA, 1.107 WHIP, 2.60 K/BB

                Felix Hernandez, 2010:

                under .500: 12 starts, 86.1 IP, 2.29 ERA, 1.135 WHIP, 2.92 K/BB
                over .500: 22 starts, 163.1 IP, 2.26 ERA, 1.016 WHIP, 3.55 K/BB

                Also, I’d argue there was always far more pressure on Felix–if he gave up as many as two runs, that’s it, the Mariners are toast.

                • Xstar7 says:

                  Felix gets to play in the weakest division which ought to help out his #’s. And he definitely doesnt have more pressure on him than CC does at all. If Felix does give up 5 runs in a game and they lose so what? Its not like the Mariners are going anywhere. CC regularly pitched in games that would decide the outcome of the Yankees season and was under enormous pressure to win. For example: Game six of the ALCS. This start wasn’t pretty but he held the Rangers tremendous offense in check even though he didnt have his best stuff (and had a meniscus tear.) And that game against the Blue Jays that sent the Yankees into the postseason in the first place. CC went eight innings, and allowed 1 run against a home-run happy ballclub in a game that was a must win for the Yankees considering how things were going and how the Red Sox were looking to make a comeback.

                  • bexarama says:

                    and allowed 1 run against a home-run happy ballclub in a game that was a must win for the Yankees considering how things were going and how the Red Sox were looking to make a comeback.

                    2004!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                    (Fun fact: even if the Yankees lost that game, Boston would’ve been completely out of it by the time the Yankees got to Fenway that weekend.)

                    • Xstar7 says:

                      I know the Red Sox lost that night. But if they hadn’t and the Yankees lost we would have been screwed! They would have won the next 4 games and then win the World Series like they did in 2004.

                    • bexarama says:

                      You’re either trolling or… or… I don’t even know, actually…

                  • JGS says:

                    Felix gets to play in the weakest division which ought to help out his #’s

                    CC Sabathia, 2010:

                    vs. opponents under .500: 16 starts, 113 IP, 3.03 ERA, 1.283 WHIP, 2.74 K/BB
                    vs. opponents over .500: 18 starts, 124.2 IP, 3.32 ERA, 1.107 WHIP, 2.60 K/BB

                    Felix Hernandez, 2010:

                    under .500: 12 starts, 86.1 IP, 2.29 ERA, 1.135 WHIP, 2.92 K/BB
                    over .500: 22 starts, 163.1 IP, 2.26 ERA, 1.016 WHIP, 3.55 K/BB

                  • CC regularly pitched in games that would decide the outcome of the Yankees season and was under enormous pressure to win. For example: Game six of the ALCS.

                    Your vote is due weeks before this start ever happens.

  4. Kiersten says:

    Was there any doubt this guy was going to absolutely dominate the NL? Well-deserved.

  5. Doc is the fifth player to win the award in both leagues, joining Gaylord Perry, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, and Pedro Martinez.

    I know he’s in the HoF and all, but Gaylord Perry seems oddly out of place in that fraternity. Like, really? Gaylord Perry?

    Sure, okay. I guess.

  6. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Hey, I also heard bears shit in the woods, is this true too?

  7. vin says:

    He’s so friggin good.

    He constantly makes pitching to major league hitters look like childs’ play.

  8. Andrew says:

    It’s a shame he never was able to progress beyond that 4.95 ERA through his age-24 season, I’m really glad I totally wrote him off as nothing better than a league-average pitcher after that stretch early in his career.

  9. AndrewYF says:

    So, HoF chances for Halladay?

  10. Johnny O says:

    I completely forgot Clemens won the Cy in Houston.

    /misremembered

  11. Monteroisdinero says:

    Halladay and real estate: location, location, location…

  12. vin says:

    Check out Ubaldo’s stats from the first 2 months of the season.

    http://www.baseball-reference......;t=p#month

    He basically faced pitchers 1-9, every game. His hot start is all but forgotten because of Wainwright and Halladay.

  13. Dax J. says:

    I’ll say the same as Mike. I’m glad he’s not in the AL. I knew that he was going to be a beast once he got traded to the Phillies.

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