Roy Halladay Set to Earn Some Hardware

Originally written on November 8.

UPDATE: Halladay won the NL Cy Young award unanimously.

Major League Baseball will dole out awards starting on November 9. The NL Cy Young award will be issued on the 16th. The Phillies’ own Roy Halladay is the favorite but should receive competition from Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals and Josh Johnson of the Florida Marlins.

Halladay trailed Johnson and Wainwright in ERA, but led in the all-important ERA retrodictor race.

Halladay 2.44 2.92 2.93
Johnson 2.30 3.15 3.07
Wainwright 2.42 3.14 3.13

While Halladay lagged behind in K/9, he set the pace in BB/9 and established a huge lead in K/BB ratio. He trailed only Cliff Lee (10.3) in all of Major League Baseball.

K/9 BB/9 K/BB
Halladay 7.9 1.1 7.3
Johnson 9.1 2.4 3.9
Wainwright 8.3 2.2 3.8

He also tossed the only perfect game among NL pitchers, coincidentally defeating Johnson in that game on May 29.

Halladay led in wins (21), innings pitched (250.2), complete games (9), and shut-outs (4) as well, all the while pitching on the only playoff team among the three competitors.

Whether traditional or Sabermetric, the numbers seem to overwhelmingly support Halladay in the NL Cy Young race. It would be surprising to see anyone else take home the hardware, but stranger things have happened.