This season has been labeled by countless people: “The Year of the Pitcher.”
Tonight, however, I think it’s safe to say that many of those people would agree, it might just be Roy Halladay’s season. After pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays for 12 seasons, Halladay got his wish to play for a team in the post-season this year. Remember, Halladay joined the Phillies after last season in a three-way deal that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle, who ironically also had a great start for the Rangers in the first day of the post-season action as they beat the Rays.
Regardless of where or who went to any other teams, it is safe to say that the Philadelphia Phillies got the best of one of the biggest trades in recent baseball history.
Halladay became the first player in history to throw a no-hitter in his post-season debut, and only Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series had ever thrown a no-hitter in the post-season before. Halladay led the Phillies to a 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the series.
This year, Halladay will inevitably add his second Cy Young Award to his shelves. His first came in 2003 when Halladay went 22-7 with a 3.25 ERA and 204 strikeouts. This year, his first in the National League, Halladay has been even better.
On May 29th, he threw a perfect game against Florida, only the second in Phillies history. Halladay’s magic has baffled hitters all season. The Phillies ace finished at 21-10, but set a career high in strikeouts with 219. He also posted one near-bests in innings pitched with 250.2, second only to his first Cy Young season in 2003, as well as in ERA with an impressive 2.44 this season, second only to his 2.41 in 2005.
Wednesday’s game was more of Roy’s dominance. There wasn’t even much of a well-hit ball against him, and he tallied eight strikeouts, missing a perfect game by just one walk given up in the fifth inning. Halladay threw just 104 pitches, 79 of which were strikes. The right-hander threw a first pitch strike to 25 of the 28 batters he faced. The exclamation point came with a solid play from his partner behind the plate, Carlos Ruiz, who made a nice play on a Brandon Phillips’ barely tapped ground ball.
Now we all know that Cy Young Awards are won during the regular season, but really, could this season be anyone but Roy Halladay’s?
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