He had us at the first pitch on opening day.
Start to finish this season, we knew that Roy Halladay would contend for the Cy Young award. But unfortunately, an anomaly like Cliff Lee came along this year and stole the spotlight. But at least there were 4 baseball writers of America that though Halladay did in fact deserve the award. Unfortunately, there were 24 writers that thought Cliff Lee was superior.
There were valid arguments on both sides. For Halladay, it was that he faced stiffer competition from opposing teams in the AL East. Halladay also pitched more innings, struck out more batters, and had more complete games. But in favour of Lee was his ERA, and win total. Obviously as a Jays fan, I am biased and think Halladay should win the Cy Young regardless. But Halladay's season this year was statistically better than the 2003 season in which he won the award.
It was good to see that Halladay did in fact place second in voting, because it was rumored that he might be left off the Top 3 voting all together. Some thought he might come behind a guy who only pitches an inning once every two days, or some guy who can barely get through the 5th inning most starts.
I don't want to take anything away from Cliff Lee's amazing season. He was very deserving of the award, but I don't think there's any way he will put up similar stats next season. So note to self when drafting for next year's Fantasy Baseball team, that you don't have Lee at the top of your pitchers prospects list. But whatever you do, make sure our good old boy Roy is at the top of your wish list.