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.