Roy Halladay Postseason No-Hitter: 10 Greatest MLB Playoff Pitching Performances
Roy Halladay's performance against the Cincinnati Reds during his postseason debut was one of the most impressive pitching performances we have ever seen in MLB playoff history. It was just the second no-hitter that has ever been thrown in the postseason.
Halladay was dominant, but is his performance at the top of the list?
10) Waite Hoyt: Game 2 1921 World Series
Line: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 5 K
You probably have not heard the name Waite Hoyt before, but he put together one of the better debuts in postseason history.
The 22-year-old was dominant in the 1921 World Series. He led the Yankees to a 3-0 win over the New York Giants. Hoyt would go on to win one more games in the series and finish with 0.00 ERA in three starts.
9) Whitey Ford: Game 1 1961 World Series
Line: 9 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 6K
Ford tossed this gem in game one of the 1961 World Series. It was one of many great pitching performances that Ford had in the playoffs. Ford finished that series with a 2-0 record and a 0.00 ERA.
8) Mike Scott: Game 1 1986 NLCS
Line: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 14 K
Scott tossed this gem in his postseason debut. It came in one of the most memorable series in postseason history. Scott and the Astros beat the Mets 1-0 in this game. Scott would go on to throw another great performance in game four (9 IP, 1 ER, 5K) , but it wasn't enough. 1986 was the Mets' year.
7) Roger Clemens: Game 4 2000 ALCS
Line: 9 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 15 K
Regardless of the rumors surrounding Clemens' alleged use of steroids during this time period, fans must admit that this was a dominant performance. I was tempted to leave it off the list because of the steroid controversy, but the start was just too good.
Clemens would go on to have another great start in the 2000 World Series, but it was marred by the fact that he threw a bat at Mike Piazza.
6) Curt Schilling: Game 6 2004 ALCS
Line: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
At first glance, there is nothing dominant about this performance. However, this was also know as the Bloody Sock game. Schilling put in one of the gutsiest efforts in baseball history and in all of sports.
5) Jack Morris: Game 7 1991 World Series
Line: 10 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
What makes this performance so outstanding is that it came in a game seven. A 10 inning shut out is impressive enough in its own right, but considering the pressure of the situation, it makes this one a whole lot more special. Morris was able to go 10 innings despite being on just three days rest.
4) Sandy Koufax: Game 7 1965 World Series
Line: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K
There is no more stressful situation in baseball than pitching in game seven of a World Series. Sandy Koufax was able to deliver this performance in a game seven. Koufax's performance was even more impressive considering he pitched on just two days rest. He led the Dodgers to victory over the Twins.
3) Bob Gibson: Game 1 1968 World Series
Line: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 17 K
At age 33, Gibson had this dominant outing against the Tigers. His 17 strikeouts show his dominance. Gibson pitched well the rest of the series, and the Cardinals would lose to the Tigers in seven games.
2) Roy Halladay: Game 1 2010 NLDS
Line: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Halladay started off his postseason career with a bang. He was absolutely dominant, and he shut down the NL Central champion Reds. It was just the second no-hitter in playoff history.
1) Don Larsen: Game 5 1956 World Series
Line: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
The only perfect game in postseason history was thrown by Larsen in Game Five of the 1956 World Series. It is by far the greatest pitching performance in MLB postseason history.