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Roy Halladay has been the game’s best pitcher since 2008 by pretty much all standards. His 31.0 WAR—per Fan Graphs—is the best of any starting pitcher in the game over that span. Halladay is 81-42 during that span with a 2.69 ERA, and both his win total and his ERA lead the major leagues.
Halladay has averaged 7.85 strikeouts per nine innings to just a league-best 1.32 walks, and his 5.93 strikeout to walk ratio is the best in the game as well. Halladay has made four straight All-Star teams and finished in the top five in CY Young award voting six straight seasons.
He’s thrown a perfect game and a no-hitter, and he has led the NL in strikeout to walk ratio for four straight years and complete games five straight years.
This year, Halladay has been uncharacteristically off, as he is just 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA in 11 starts, and now he is out for anywhere from six to eight weeks with a lat strain. Halladay’s velocity has been down this season and that was likely as a result of his injury, but I still think he’s the game’s best starting pitcher over the age of 35 (and second-best overall behind Justin Verlander).