Prior to taking the hill tonight for the Phillies, Roy Halladay was recognized as Jayson Stark's NL Cy Young of the Half-Year. Hard to argue with this assessment, and Stark points out that he gave the edge to Doc over the Braves' Jair Jurrjens partly because Halladay is the more feared pitcher.
Review. "You've got 1 and 1-A, and Halladay is 1. And the reason
Halladay is 1 is that he's more feared." Another scout told me basically
the same thing, saying: "Halladay is a guy you can match up with the
toughest teams and anybody's No. 1. Jurrjens is on a hell of a roll, but
it's not the same level of dominance."
Starks didn't stop there though, he also went into those advanced stats that tell us what we already know: Roy is a beast.
Phillies fans, not content with having the top tog of the first half, should be excited to know the rest of Stark's picks for NL pitching supremacy, "My ballot: 1) Halladay, 1-A) Jurrjens, 2) Cole Hamels, 3) Cliff Lee, 4) Clayton Kershaw, 5) Tommy Hanson."
Yes, three of the top four pitch for the Fightins' this weekend. So spoiled.
>>Time for baseball's midseason awards [ESPN]