Monday, June 27, 2011

Halladay is the Best Pitcher in Baseball

"Best pitcher in baseball" is a phrase that is bandied about more than shuttlecock at a badminton tournament. Remember when Johan Santana was the best? What happened to him anyway? Remember when Ubaldo Jimenez was the best? Flamed out near the end of 2010 and is having a rocky 2011. Remember when Zack Greinke was the best? Hasn't come close to his 2009 dominance. Remember when Felix Hernandez was the best? Not quite as dominate this year. Remember when Josh Johnson was the best? Can't stay healthy enough to deserve that tag. Remember when Tim Lincecum was the best? He's come back down to earth (possibly because he's not as high). Remember when Jered Weaver was the best? We'll see how long this lasts. Remember when Justin Verlander was the best? Great stuff, but still no Roy Halladay. The list goes on, and there will likely be new names to add to it before season's end.

Other pitchers are fads or flavors of the week. They do not stand up to the test of time like Roy Halladay does. Other pitchers have great months, half seasons, and sometimes even entire years, but they still pale in comparison to Doc. This isn't opinion, it's fact. I'm not suggesting these other pitchers are slouches (far from it), rather I'm merely stating Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball.

Run the date back to the start of the 2008 season (oh, what a mighty fine year that was) and there is clearly no better pitcher in baseball over that span than Roy Halladay. He has strung together 3.5 seasons of dominate baseball: 68-34, 115 GS, 863 IP, 120:756 BB:K ratio, 32 CG, 10 SHO, 2.63 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 25.8 WAR.

Pitchers with 20+ WAR since 2008:
1. Roy Halladay - 25.8
2. Cliff Lee - 24.2
3. Tim Lincecum - 23.4
4. CC Sabathia - 22.5
5. Justin Verlander - 21.6
6. Zack Greinke - 21.4
7. Dan Haren - 20.2

Halladay's wins, innings, ERA, WHIP, complete games, and BB:K ratio are also tops in baseball since the beginning of 2008.

*Stats provided by FanGraphs


Preserve Jon said...

I pulled this little nugget on our old friend Bobby Abreu out of Joe Posnanski's column on

"Abreu, though, is an agonizing player to watch, at least for me. His at-bats feel like audits. They just go on and on, an endless stream of near strikes called for balls, good pitches spoiled, swings and misses, more near pitches called for balls — he’s doing exactly what he SHOULD be doing. Abreu controls the batter’s box as few ever have. He is an artist at the plate, but an artist in the way that a good auto mechanic is an artist. I admire what he does. I appreciate the value of it. But I wish they would give me a magazine or something to read while he does it."

So true. So very, very true. Lastly, I rarely think of Abreu anymore. Why waste good time on bad rubbish? But coming across his name in the article, the first thing I thought of was HK pronouncing his name. The quick "Bobby" almost pronounced like "Bubbi" followed by the languishing "Ah-bray-oo."

Man I miss that guy.

Preserve Jon said...

PS Nice stats on Halladay guys.

GM-Carson said...

I still like Abreu and feel he's extremely underrated. If he puts together a few more decent years, he could be in the Hall of Fame some day.