Halladay seems like a shoo-in for NL Cy Young Award
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Roy Halladay's first year in Philadelphia didn't end with a World Series title, but it may bring him the second Cy Young Award of his career.
Halladay could be a unanimous selection when the Baseball Writers' Association of America continues to dole out their postseason awards with Tuesday's announcement of the National League Cy Young winner.
The 33-year-old right-hander, who was acquired by Philadelphia from Toronto last winter, led the majors in wins (21), shutouts (4), complete games (9) and innings pitched (250 2/3). He also finished second in the NL with 219 strikeouts and was third with a 2.44 ERA - the second lowest of his 13-year big league career (2.41 in 2005).
Halladay's regular season was highlighted by a perfect game in Florida on May 29. Of course, he tossed the second no-hitter in postseason history as well, but the voting was done before the playoffs started.
A seven-time All-Star, Halladay won the American League Cy Young Award while pitching for the Blue Jays in 2003. Should he win on Tuesday, he would become the fourth different Phillie honored and the first since Steve Bedrosian in 1987. Steve Carlton was a four-time winner for the Phils, while John Denny took home the honors in 1983.
Roy Halladay's regular season was highlighted by a perfect game in Florida on May 29.
Halladay would also join Gaylord Perry, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens as the only pitchers to be honored in both leagues.
His biggest competition figures to come from St. Louis' Adam Wainwright, who also won 20 games and pitched to a lower ERA than Halladay at 2.42. Wainwright, though, struggled in the second half, going just 7-6 in 14 starts after the All-Star break.
Colorado righty Ubaldo Jimenez, who ended the year 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA, should also get some votes, but like Wainwright, he tailed off dramatically in the second half. After winning 15 games with a no-hitter in the first half, Jimenez managed just a 4-7 mark after the All-Star break, while pitching to a 3.80 ERA.
Two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants led the league with 231 strikeouts, but will likely finish far off the pace thanks to a brutal 2-5 stretch from July 15- Aug. 27 that saw him pitch to a 5.17 ERA.
Other pitchers who should receive some attention include Florida's Josh Johnson, the NL ERA leader at 2.30, and St. Louis' Chris Carpenter, who won this award back in 2005.
In all honestly, though, aside from Halladay, everyone else is fighting for second place.
THE SPORTS NETWORK PICK: ROY HALLADAY, PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES