We continue on with our 2011 Player Reviews with Roy Halladay.
Unfortunately, after a another phenomenal season, Roy Halladay wasn’t the winner of back-to-back National League Cy Young Awards, as Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw brought home the hardware. Still, is there another pitcher in baseball you’d rather have that Halladay? If there is, the list ahead of him may only read Verlander.
In 2011, Roy Halladay gave it his all once again, posting similarly solid numbers just has he did in his Cy Young year of 2010.
After leading the league with 250 2/3 innings pitched last season, that numbers dropped to 233 2/3 – but no one cares. Actually, it’s probably better for Halladay to keep an eye on that high number moving forward. Now 34, Halladay doesn’t appear to be slowing down, however, it couldn’t hurt to stay monitoring his innings in the near future.
That being said, the 233 2/3 innings he tossed were the second most in the National League, behind only his good buddy, Chris Carpenter.
Just as Cole Hamels was in the top 10 in several categories among his NL counterparts, you know Halladay was even higher. His 19 wins ranked 3rd behind only Kershaw and Ian Kennedy of Arizona. His 1.04 WHIP was 4th, and his 2.35 ERA ranked 2nd. Halladay’s K/BB ratio was by far the best in the NL at 6.92.
How many wins above replacement was he worth? How about 7.4, even better than Kershaw’s 7.0.
One oddity of Halladay’s season is his inability to get the first batter of an inning out. It’s an unexplainable trait that reared it’s ugly head this past year. The first batter of an inning in 2011 hit an obnoxious .452 with an OPS of 1.082. The good news is, his left 78.1 percent of his runners on base, a very solid number considering the amount of innings he pitches.
All-in-all, it was another fantastic year for Halladay. He may have finished as the runner-up in the Cy Young voting, but it took a Triple Crown season from Kershaw to beat the ever-steady Halladay. Look forward to seeing what Doc can accomplish as he gets older.
GRADE: 9.9/10 – Doesn’t get much better than Halladay throughout baseball. As Phillies fans, we’re lucky we get to see him on a daily basis.