Saturday, July 12, 2008
Roy Halladay is working his way into Cy Young contention
Roy Halladay pitched an absolute gem last night. (There is an excellent description of the game by a Yankee fan who was there last night). The best game I've seem him pitch in several years. He dominated the Yankees going 9 full innings and giving up only 2 hits while striking out 8. And one of the hits wouldn't happened if Wells or Rios were playing centrefield. Both were out of the lineup so reserve fielder Brad Wilkerson was filling in. The only other hit was by A-Rod in the 9th.
This was his 7th complete game this season which leads all major leaguers. He is 8-1 in his last 12 starts and his record now stands at 11-6. He is near the top of all AL pitching stats - tied for third in wins; 5th in ERA; 1st in innings pitched; 2nd in strikeouts; tied for first in shutouts; and 1st in complete games.
His win total would be better but Blue Jay pitchers do not get much run support. There are other great pitchers on better teams but Halladay is making a strong case for another Cy Young.