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Friday October 2, 2009 4:26 pm
Roy Halladay; 2009 Cy Young Winner
Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays may not have been the best pitcher this year. His August certainly saw to that (2-4, 4.71 ERA), but he is still one of the best pitchers, and he certainly deserves to win the American League Cy Young award. Some argue that the “Roy Halladay Sweepstakes” at the trade deadline threw him off his game enough to inflate his August numbers. Fourteen of his last 18 starts came against the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, or Tampa Bay Rays. That’s some pretty stiff competition. The sad part is that when the writers vote for the Cy Young winner, few of them will probably look deeper than his 17-10 record with a 2.79 ERA.
However, if there was a Cy Young award for the decade, Halladay certainly would be the American League’s top runner. Since 2000, Halladay has 139 wins to 69 losses for a ridiculous .668 win percentage, with a 3.40 ERA. Go ahead and try to find a pitcher who has been better over the last ten years. Here’s the thing – you won’t. He also has 47 complete games in 267 starts. Roy Halladay isn’t normal.
He’s been affectionately nicknamed “Doc” by the Toronto media, partially due to his surgical precision in the strike zone, but a better name might have been “Terminator” because he most certainly isn’t human. There must be a metal skeleton with pinpoint advanced computer systems underneath his skin. It has come to the point in Toronto where if Halladay doesn’t throw at least seven innings, giving up less than three runs, fans actually think he’s hurt. What fans don’t know is that Roy Halladay can’t be hurt. The few injuries in his career most certainly were a ruse to keep up the façade of his humanity.
Halladay won the Cy Young award in 2003, and he certainly was screwed in 2008, losing to Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee (then with Cleveland). The ‘insult-to-injury’ factor of that is that Philadelphia’s main target at the 2009 non-waiver trade deadline was Halladay, not Lee. It’s time to give Halladay what he deserves. When an umpire blows a call, he’ll give a “make-up” call later in the game. The writers should do the equivalent with the 2009 Cy Young if Halladay doesn’t win it.
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