If you happened to be vacationing somewhere in the Andromeda galaxy yesterday, you’re probably wondering why Roy Halladay is still the top trending topic on Twitter. The right-hander, already the author of a perfect game during the regular season, held the Cincinnati Reds hitless through nine innings in Game One of the NLDS last night. He became the second player in baseball history to toss a no-hitter in the post-season, joining Don Larsen who pitched a perfect game in the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Just how good was Halladay? Let’s delve into the numbers.
|1||Reds’ NL rank in avg. runs scored per game|
|3||outfield fly balls|
|3||infield fly balls|
|7||lowest pitch total in one inning|
|12||highest pitch total in one inning|
|94||MPH, maximum fastball velocity|
|154||minutes to complete nine innings|
Back in February, I pondered Halladay’s chances of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. I concluded:
If Halladay helps the Phillies reach the post-season on multiple occasions and pitches well in his playoff appearances (winning a World Series would really help), and if he can make a few All-Star teams, and if he can earn some Cy Young votes (the hardware would, again, really help), then a legitimate case can be made that he should go into the Hall of Fame with a Phillies cap.
In his first year with the Phillies, Halladay has:
- Pitched a perfect-game against the Florida Marlins
- Made the NL All-Star team
- Pitched a complete game shut-out to help his team clinch the division against the Washington Nationals
- Led the NL in wins, complete games, shut-outs, innings pitched, strikeout-to-walk ratio, and lowest walk rate
- [Will likely] win the NL Cy Young award
- Put himself into legitimate NL MVP candidacy
- Pitched a no-hitter in Game One of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds, his first career post-season start
Just imagine what he can do from 2011-13 and potentially ’14 (vesting option worth $20 million). He needs only 31 more regular season wins for 200 over his career, which should seal the deal among the more traditional voters. I didn’t think it was possible at the time I wrote the article, but Halladay has done enough this season to make his career worthy of Cooperstown enshrinement. The only question mark concerns the logo on his cap, but Philadelphia got a hell of a head start with Halladay’s performance this year.
Still can’t get enough of the no-hitter? Listen to Scott Franzke’s call of Halladay’s moment from last night by clicking here.