2011 MLB Predictions: Roy Halladay the Obvious Choice for Cy Young
2011 MLB Predictions Have the Best Pitcher in Baseball Repeating as NL Cy Young
It's hard to argue against Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay winning yet another National League Cy Young award.
I mean, it's hard to believe the Cy Young award he won in 2010 was only the second time he had won the award, as consistent and unhittable as he's been.
He is, quite simply, the best pitcher in baseball and he's almost in Albert Pujols territory in terms of the level of consistent excellence he's displayed throughout his career.
He's won 20 or more games three times, and has won 16 or more games seven times.
Last year Halladay won 21 games for the Phillies, recording a 2.44 ERA and 219 strikeouts.
His move to the National League, out of the strong AL East, only helps his chances in winning another Cy Young Award, as evidenced by 2010.
As Yahoo! Contributor William Browning notes, "So far in spring training, Halladay hasn't lost a beat and looks even better."
Adds David Schoenfield of ESPN, "I’ll go chalk with this one. Although I love Josh Johnson, love Tommy Hanson’s chances of making a move into the Cy Young discussion, absolutely love watching Tim Hudson generate grounder after grounder, and absolutely do not love Livan Hernandez’s chances of posting a 3.66 ERA again."
As for me, the only candidates that could legitimately sneak up and bite Halladay are Johnson and Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies, but because Jimenez throws in home run-friendly Coors Field, I find it hard for even him to challenge.
As for Zack Greinke, I worry about the mental side of his game lately. After pitching to a 4.17 ERA last season, Greinke injures himself before this season even starts playing basketball.
Really? Playing basketball?
Hard to argue against the best pitcher in baseball.
Roy Halladay wins the 2011 Cy Young.
However, J. David Lee believes Zack Greinke will steal it from Halladay.
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