Halladay for Cy Young?
Roy Halladay threw seven scoreless innings last night in a 1-0 victory over the Nationals.
(Sure, the Phillies save all their runs for Halladay, but not Cole Hamels.)
Where does Halladay stack up in the National League Cy Young race? He is 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA. He ranks third in the league in wins and ERA. He ranks first in shutouts (three), complete games (eight), innings (200), strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.20) and perfect games (one).
Other top NL Cy Young candidates include:
- Ubaldo Jimenez: 17-3, 2.59 ERA
- Adam Wainwright: 17-7, 2.06 ERA
- Josh Johnson: 11-5, 2.27 ERA
- Tim Hudson: 14-5, 2.15 ERA
It’s a tough call. If Halladay had better run support he already would have more than 20 wins — although I’m not a believer that win-loss record indicates how strong a pitcher is. (Case in point: Hamels, who is 7-10). But the entire group I listed is pretty tightly packed, which means the next six weeks could determine it.