A couple days after the Blue Jays shelacked Roy Halladay‘s early Cy Young competition, Kansas City Royals ace Zach Greinke, Halladay showed a struggling Kansas City team what a Cy Young is really made of. Halladay lead the Jays to a 4-0 win in a complete game shutout. More impressive is the fact that we are barely past two months into the 2009 season, and Halladay already has 10 wins.
Greinke, on the other hand, has 8 wins. The 5 earned runs he allowed off Toronto bats put Halladay right with Greinke, I’d argue, in terms of ‘Cy Young consideration.’ Greinke still maintains a ridiculously low ERA, at 1.55, but Halladay is now inching a bit closer with a very respectable 2.52 ERA.
It is commonly known that everyone looks at ERA and Win/Loss record in consideration for the Cy Young, above anything else. This was evident in the Roy Halladay/Cliff Lee Cy Young vote last year. Halladay was far superior to Lee in strikeouts, innings pitched, complete games and WHIP, but none of that was taken into consideration, as Lee won the vote by a considerable margin based on his 22-3 record and 2.54 ERA. Great numbers yes! However, if you look at what Halladay did last year in those other catergories, you might think twice about the selection of Lee, not to mention the lack of run support Halladay got from a weak hitting Jays team last year.
This year Halladay is off a roaring start in terms of maintaining a great ERA and Win/Loss record. He really should have 12 wins, being let down by the Blue Jays bats twice during a 9-game-losing streak the Jays suffered coninciding with Halladay starts in Baltimore and Atlanta, but I digress.
Considering how Halladay can pile up wins – often completing the games he pitches – I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t win 25 games this season? In 1892, Cy Young won 36 games in a season, and completed 48 of his starts, so Young obviously likes pitchers that win a lot of games and complete them.