Roy Halladay Hates Relief Pitchers (Just Kidding)

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Roy Halladay Hates Relief Pitchers (Just Kidding)
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Roy Halladay

Here’s a quick trivia quiz for you: Can you name the last pitcher to lead the American League in complete games in two consecutive seasons? And can you name the last pitcher to lead the National League in complete games in two consecutive seasons?

If you answered Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay to both questions, you know your baseball.

Last year, Halladay topped the NL with eight complete games after leading the league in that category in 2010 with nine complete games. As a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, he led American League starters in complete games in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The following is a look at five different individual pitching and batting stats and the last time a player led the league in that category in two consecutive seasons.

Note: If a player tied for that stat title in one or more seasons, it is noted.


Pitching

Complete Games, American League: Roy Halladay (Toronto) 2007, 2008, 2009

Complete Games, National League: Roy Halladay (Philadelphia) 2010, 2011

Wins, American League: LaMarr Hoyt (Chicago) 1982, 1983

Note: C.C. Sabathia was tied with two other pitchers for most wins in 2009 and led the league in wins in 2010.

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Pedro Martinez: Last A.L. pitcher to lead league in ERA two consecutive years

Wins, National League: Sandy Koufax (Los Angeles) 1965, 1966

Note: Greg Maddux was tied with Ken Hill for most wins in 1994 and led the league in wins in 1995.

ERA, American League: Pedro Martinez (Boston) 2002, 2003

ERA, National League: Randy Johnson (Arizona) 2001, 2002

Strikeouts, American League: Johan Santana (Minnesota) 2004, 2005, 2006

Strikeouts, National League: Tim Lincecum (San Francisco) 2008, 2009, 2010

Saves, American League: Dan Quisenberry (Kansas City) 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985… Note: Francisco Rodriquez was tied with Bob Wickman for most saves in 2005 and led the league in saves in 2006

Saves, National League: Jose Valverde (Arizona, Houston) 2007, 2008

 

Batting

Batting Average, American League: Joe Mauer (Minnesota) 2008, 2009

Batting Average, National League: Larry Walker (Colorado) 1998, 1999

Home Runs, American League: Jose Bautista (Toronto) 2010, 2011

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Jose Bautista: Looking to capture his third straight A.L. HR title in 2012

Home Runs, National League: Albert Pujols (St. Louis) 2009, 2010

Runs Batted In, American League: David Ortiz (Boston) 2005, 2006

Runs Batted In, National League: Andres Galarraga (Colorado) 1996, 1997

Note: Ryan Howard led the league in RBI in 2008 and tied with Prince Fielder for the RBI title in 2009.

Stolen Bases, American League: Jacoby Ellsbury (Boston) 2008, 2009

Stolen Bases, National League: Michael Bourn (Houston, Atlanta) 2009, 2010, 2011

Runs Scored, American League: Dustin Pedroia (Boston) 2008, 2009

Runs Scored, National League: Albert Pujols (St. Louis) 2009, 2010

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