Doc puts on another clinic

I’ll go out on a limb here and guess that Roy Halladay will win the American League player of the week award. Two starts, two complete game victories, twenty strikeouts, and only one walk allowed by the Doc this week should warrant at least some kind of award.

Although both games this week for Halladay were convincing victories, they were on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to style of victory. Tuesday’s win was more of a “power-pitching” outing when Doc racked up 14 strikeouts throwing 133 total pitches. Today’s win was more of the prototypical Roy Halladay start; 16 ground ball outs and only 97 total pitches for the complete game.

The scary thing as an opposing player going into a game against Roy Halladay is that you could see either of these sides from Halladay. If they don’t go down swinging, hitters will probably just induce a ground ball out anyway.


Now with an incredible ten wins under his belt this season, I want Roy Halladay to know that he’s not unappreciated. Although technically all thirty MLB teams have a number one starter, not all of them have an ace and very few of them have an future first ballot hall of famer like Doc. Jays fans should feel privileged and honoured to have Roy Halladay work his magic every five days.

There might be wars, hurt and sadness in the world, but so long as Roy Halladay is on this earth, all of that stuff doesn’t seem so bad.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

9 thoughts on “Doc puts on another clinic

  • June 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    You, me, and every single Jays fan included!

  • June 8, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I haven't heard a "let's trade Halladay" call to Wilner lately, so maybe even the idiots love him now, too.

  • June 8, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    He damn well better win player of the week.
    This week showed that there is in fact a tie for the best pitcher in baseball; power pitching Roy Halladay is tied with pitch to contact Roy Halladay.

  • June 8, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Matty, what a fucking comment. And how right you are. Doc did it both ways last week. He's sublime.

    Toronto is taking note. As soon as Doc got two outs yesterday afternoon, everyone was on their feet. It was great. I think people realize what they're seeing in Halladay, and I hope Doc knows that he is appreciated.

  • June 8, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I saw that the dome was on its feet in the ninth for Halladay. There may only have been 21,000 to take it in, but they all knew that Roy deserved that standing "O". Job well done by Halladay, and if he doesn't win AL Player of the Week, I'll make Josh Towers my write in candidate for the All-Star game.

  • June 8, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Oh lordy, Halladay didn't win! Boo! It was some Over-something guy.

  • June 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Well, if it wasn't Roy it may as well have been Overbay.

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