Remember when it was an absolute need to trade for Roy Halladay before the July 31st deadline?
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Toronto wanted the Red Sox to give up Clay Buchholz, Daniel Bard, Michael Bowden, and Lars Anderson for its ace pitcher, but after today's outing that trade looks even more ridiculous.
Halladay cruised to a quick 10-1 start and was already the leading candidate for the American League Cy Young Award. Then he got plagued by a groin injury, which put him in the 15-day disabled list.
But since July 29, Halladay has not been his lights out dominant self.
In his last seven starts, Halladay is 2-5 with losses to the Red Sox (twice), New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, and Tampa Bay Rays. In those seven starts, he gave up a season high eight runs to the Rays and has allowed a total of 30 in 49 innings.
Doc has also given up 65 hits with nine of those being home runs.
His shortest outing came against Boston on August 19, where he went only five innings and allowed five runs on eight hits. His worst outing, he pitched a complete game against New York, but gave up 10 hots, five runs, and three home runs for the loss.
Think if the Red Sox traded for him. Obviously he would have faced different clubs, but in the end he still would of pitched against New York and Tampa Bay and not Boston.
No Buchholz? No Bard? After Buchholz's performance on Saturday night, it's a good thing he wasn't shipped away. And Bard? Well he finally broke and showed he was human, but he's still a kid that can throw 100 mile per hour gas and will be a valuable asset in the future with the club.
So isn't it a good thing the Red Sox didn't trade for Halladay? Just another one of those 'what ifs' that appears to finally have gone in Boston's way.