Roy Halladay: The Early Favorite For the AL Cy Young?

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IJuly 2, 2008

Who is the Toronto Blue Jays' franchise player? Is it one of Alex Rios, Aaron Hill, or Vernon Wells? They are all on long-term extensions worth a large amount of money.

Perhaps it is young fireballer Dustin McGowan, or maybe great control pitcher Shaun Marcum? Nope. Unfortunately for these players, none of them can be considered the franchise player with Roy "Doc" Halladay around.

31-year old Roy Halladay has pitched tremendously for the Jays ever since his first game in 1998, and he is showing no signs of slowing down, throwing a complete game, four-hit shutout against the Seattle Mariners in his last start. He is the model of consistency in Toronto, and he is the captain that steers the ship.

In his career, Halladay has shown amazing tenacity and consistency, proving he is one of the top pitchers in the league, and the franchise player in Toronto. His 120-61 record with a team regularly on the outside looking in just proves how good he is.

Halladay has already won a Cy Young, going 22-7 with a 3.25 ERA in 2003. He likely would have repeated the feat in 2005, as he was 12-4 with a minuscule 2.41 ERA. Unfortunately, his season was ended just before the All-Star Game (he was named the starter), as Kevin Mench hit a line drive off of his leg and broke it, ending his season prematurely.

After that misfortune, I think Halladay might finally get his second Cy Young, four years later. He has nine wins, placing him in a ninth-place tie, and if not for the Jays' lack of hitting, he would surely have another two or three.

He is 10th in ERA, sitting at 2.90, and his 1.04 WHIP has him at sixth. His six complete games puts him three complete games ahead of the second-place pitcher, and he leads the majors with 130.1 innings pitched.

He is also in unfamiliar territory in the strikeout department, as he is known as a groundball pitcher, but his 106 strikeouts place him in sixth.

His 19 walks in 130.1 innings show that he is the best control-pitcher in the game. Certainly, these stats are Cy-Young worthy

Now, I ask every baseball fan reading this: Does Roy Halladay deserve the AL Cy Young at this point in the season? If not, then who? I believe there is no one better.